48 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Wayne counties. Details
Published: 2011-12-06 05:56:00
Updated: 2011-12-06 10:02:16
Posted December 6, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Cloudy skies returned to the area Tuesday ahead of a cold front that could bring significant rain to the area by late in the day Wednesday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Much of the Triangle won't see measurable rain Tuesday, but moisture moving in from the southeast brought drizzle and mist to the area during the morning commute.
"We're just going to have a steady flow of moisture from the southeast and that will at times give us some mist and drizzle," Gardner said. "I don't think we'll have enough rain to cause any major headaches on the road."
High temperatures Tuesday will climb into the low 70s for much of the area, more than 10 degrees warmer than averages for this time of year.
"57 is our normal high temperature for early December," Gardner said. "It's going to be very warm today, it'd be nice to have some sunshine to go with it."
Chances for rain will increase overnight Tuesday as the cold front passes through the area, but the greatest chances for rain will be Wednesday afternoon and evening, Gardner said. Some areas could see up to an inch of precipitation.
"The back side of this front is actually what will produce some rain for us, maybe even some heavy rain showers for us Wednesday evening," she said. "The front will be here by Tuesday evening, and overnight we'll see those chances for rain increase."
Lows Tuesday will dip into the upper 50s to near 60 before. High temperatures Wednesday will climb back to near 70.
Windy conditions will drop temperatures following the passage of the cold front, with highs Thursday topping out around 50 for much of the area.
Lows will also return to normal for December, falling into the low 40s and 30s for the second half of the work week.
By the weekend, sunny skies and cold temperatures will arrive. Highs Saturday and Sunday could top out in the upper 40s with lows falling into the 20s.
"It's going to be a much colder weekend," Gardner said.