Christmas Day to dawn cool, warm slowly

Posted December 24, 2011

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— Christmas Day will dawn with a wintry feel after temperatures dipped into the 30s overnight.

"I think Santa's going to need his winter coat tonight as he flies over North Carolina," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. The overnight low will dip into the 30s but stay above freezing, she said.

Skies were dry for Santa's flight overnight, and sunrise on Christmas Day is at 7:23 a.m.

Sunday will be cloudy with almost no chance of precipitation.

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

By the time the presents are open and the big meal complete, it will feel like springtime, Deaner said. Sunday afternoon will warm up into the high 50s, perfect for walking off holiday indulgences.

The chance for rain doesn't return to the Triangle until a front rolls through late Monday into Tuesday. Rain is likely Tuesday, and the temperatures stay seasonable through the week. Highs will be in the mid-50s and overnight lows just north of freezing.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast


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