Sunny skies precede cold front

Posted December 25, 2011
Updated December 26, 2011

— The shopping forecast for the day after Christmas will feel just about normal for much of the Triangle, with highs topping out in the low to mid 50s, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. 

"It will be seasonably cool throughout the day today," Moss said. "Lots of sun."

That sun will be replaced by clouds late in the day Monday ahead of a cold front. Lows Monday night will fall back into the mid 30s. 

A storm system that has been parked over west Texas for days will finally move east late in the day Monday, bringing with it potentially an inch of rain in some parts and warmer temperatures, Moss said. Highs Tuesday will climb back up to near 60. 

"High clouds will filter in during the afternoon, Moss said. "We'll have a sprinkle early in the day Tuesday and then some heavier showers during the midday and afternoon hours. Some areas in the southeastern tip of the state could even hear a little thunder."

Clouds will begin to clear out late Tuesday, making way for sunny and cool weather for the rest of the work week, Moss said. 

"We'll be right around normal," he said of the temperatures. "So far things look pretty good for the weekend. 

Highs Wednesday and Thursday will climb into the low to mid 50s with lows in the low to mid 30s. Temperatures will warm slightly late in the week, with highs inching back toward 60 degrees. Lows will stay in the low to mid 30s. 

New Year's Eve will see a high of about 58 degrees, and New Year's Day will be in the mid-50s.

The temperate weather is a far cry from the extremes that have been seen on and around the holidays at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in the past.

Just last year, 0.4 inches of snow fell at RDU, starting a snowfall that ended with 7 inches the next day. That's the biggest white Christmas Raleigh has ever seen.

It's been colder, though. On Christmas Day 1983, the mercury started at 4 degrees and didn't get above 19 degrees.

On the other hand, Christmas 1955 reached a balmy 75 degrees.

Five years ago, a record amount of rain – 1.51 inches – fell. WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast


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  • Shadow666 Dec 26, 2011

    "...with highs topping out in the low to mid 50s, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said."

    Wow, almost like...winter!

  • yukonjohn3 Dec 26, 2011

    Dang, what I would give to have some of your weather. Our weather warmed up to 2 below zero yesterday, snowed almost 3 inches, then rushed right back to 25 below!! At least we have a foot of snow on the ground. If you REALLY want a white Christmas next year, plan that trip to Fairbanks, where we have almost all of our holidays white!! The only UNwhite holidays we have are the ones between Memorial day and Labor day.

  • Rockwell Dec 26, 2011

    great weather

  • Dirty_Water Dec 26, 2011

    "That sun will be replaced by clouds late in the day Monday ahead of a cold front. Lows Friday night will fall back into the mid 30s Does the story need a touch of editing?