80 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2011-12-16 07:46:00
Updated: 2011-12-17 08:52:29
Posted December 16, 2011
Updated December 17, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Partly cloudy and cool conditions will return to the Triangle Saturday following the passage of a cold front, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.
The front brought rain showers to much of the area to close out the work week, but cleared overnight and will make way for gradual clearing throughout the first half of the day.
"The clouds will clear out during the morning hours and should be out of here by lunchtime," Johnson said. "We will see some sunshine today."
Despite the sun, jackets will be a necessity Saturday for Christmas shopping. Highs will only reach about 50 degrees, Johnson said.
"It's felt more like October the last few days but we're back to December, back to reality," he said. "Temperatures will actually be back to more normal levels for this time of year."
Once the sun sets Saturday evening, temperatures will fall quickly and bottom out around 30 degrees. WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast
The cool, sunny trend will continue Sunday, with daytime highs barely reaching 50 degrees.
Warm temperatures will return early next week, with highs climbing into the upper 50s Monday to near 70 Wednesday, Johnson said.