Cool, dry weather gives 'smooth sailing' for Santa

Posted December 24, 2011

— Cloudy skies will be the worst weather that Christmas travelers have to contend with in North Carolina this weekend.

"It looks like it's going to be fine, smooth sailing getting on in here around the area," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

Temperatures will settle into seasonable normals – mid 50s during the day and upper 30s at night – for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Saturday will see a mix of sun and clouds, with high clouds rolling in during the evening. Skies will be dry for Santa's flight overnight, though, and sunrise on Christmas Day is at 7:23 a.m. Sunday will be cloudy.

Kenley Scout 2010 Christmas snow photos

(Wishing for a white Christmas? Take a look back at 2010, when 12 inches of snow fell.)

"It doesn't look like we're going to see rain through the course of Saturday or Sunday," Moss said. "If there's any that's close to us, it looks like maybe a sprinkle or two down toward the southern coast, and that would be about it."

The chance for rain doesn't return to the Triangle until a front rolls through late Monday into Tuesday, he said.


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