Clear, cool for Christmas weekend

Posted December 23, 2011

— A cold front that passed over North Carolina Friday morning will bring a return to seasonably cool temperatures in time for Christmas.

Triangle residents enjoyed a last sunny, balmy day Friday when temperatures pushed close to 70 degrees and bright sun shone down. It was unusually warm for Dec. 23.

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"I'm sweating a little bit," said Bryan Canada, a Pennsylvanian who spent Friday at Fayetteville's Arnette Park.

"We have all our traditions we do to get us in the mood, no matter what the weather is, but we have to work a little harder this year," he said.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said the passing cold front would bring temperatures back to their seasonable normals -- the mid 50s -- for  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Saturday will start out sunny, but the clouds will increase through the afternoon. Skies are dry for Santa's flight overnight, and sunrise on Christmas Day is at 7:23 a.m.

The holiday should be dry, breezy and mostly cloudy.  

Matt Peanor said his dreams of a "White Christmas" were satisfied with last year's series of snowfalls. "I think last year was enough for me," he said. Doppler - Central NC Weather maps and cams

The next chance for showers does not reach the Triangle until Tuesday, Maze said.

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  • geosol Dec 23, 2011

    "Seasonal"!?! Maybe for April. Pretty freaky weather for this time of year, for sure. Neighbor's Braford pear tree still has some Fall leaves on it and big green buds on the top branches. Crazy. I'm sure we've got a few doses of cold stuff coming our way in the next couple of months or so, but WOW!!!!

  • jblake1932 Dec 23, 2011

    occupy: Man, you could lighten up too, just havin' some fun, nothing serious. Merry Christmas to you also!

  • BWAHAHA Dec 23, 2011

    jblake... take that hate stake out of your grinchy heart and lighten up. Merry Christmas!

  • jblake1932 Dec 23, 2011

    mzlady: Ha, ha, you're kidding right? Please say you are!

  • MzLadySmiling Dec 23, 2011

    when you carry the spirit of Christmas in your heart....
    there will ALWAYS be a Santa Claus.... to believe any
    less would be futile....
    and for them who refuse to believe... well....
    I truly wish you a Merry Christmas with Peace for the
    coming year...

  • jblake1932 Dec 23, 2011

    rk115: I know, right! It took me quite a while to figure this one out, but I'll still be up most of the nite!

  • Wiser_now Dec 23, 2011

    Ok - since it seems that no one is able to say it - I will....

    May you all find peace and joy in this holiday season. Merry Christmas!!

  • rk1115 Dec 23, 2011

    jblake.. wadda ya mean Santa is not real?? And all this time I've been trying to stay awake to see him.

  • brotherskeeper Dec 23, 2011

    "I spent the last several days praying for snow; after all, it's Christmas, but upon further, personal reflection I think I'll pray for peace instead."

    ---Snow is more likely :-)

  • Hammerhead Dec 23, 2011

    "My gift to you, my correct forecasting skills."

    I got a lot of rain over the past two days in Durham. The forcast says sunny today, looks like it's right.