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'Arctic invasion' to follow New Year's Day

Posted December 29, 2011

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— New Years Eve revelers will end 2011 on a warm note across North Carolina, but winter's cold will quickly roar in to start 2012.

"Hello, winter!" WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We have an Arctic invasion, a true one, that's really going to change things for us."

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

Seasonable and even spring-like temperatures will prevail around central North Carolina through this weekend ahead of the arrival of a cold front.

Temperatures will rise into the mid 50s Thursday, then into the low 60s for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will stay in the upper 30s to low 40s.

"New Year's Eve and New Year's Day still look good," Gardner said.

As the new year clocks in at midnight Saturday, it'll be around 40 degrees, she said. "It'll be pretty pleasant for this time of year."

Temperatures will begin to fall Monday, dropping to a high around 50 degrees, then they take a big plunge on Tuesday.

"The coldest air that we've seen so far this winter arrives just in time to welcome in the first part of the new year," Gardner said.

Next Tuesday will see a high around 35 degrees and Wednesday around 40 degrees. The mercury will dip to around 20 degrees overnight.

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  • yukonjohn3 Dec 30, 2011

    From the National Weather Service, Fairbanks, Alaska office:

    MOST INLAND AREAS
    ARE CLEAR OR MAINLY SO AND TEMPS ARE 25 TO 40 BELOW WITH SOME
    SPOTS AS COLD AS 50 BELOW IN PARTS OF THE YUKON VALLEY.

    And as they go on...no end in sight!! Now THAT is an arctic invasion!!!

    By the way, it is a balmy 41 below zero here this morning, but on the bright side, it is snowing a little.

  • rick_slick Dec 30, 2011

    'Arctic invasion' - well it can't be any worse than the 'Yankee invasion' we've been suffering from since the mid-70's.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 30, 2011

    Weather for 8th graders delivered by first graders. ;)

    Bone up folks a 3 day cold snap is coming. Then we'll go back to record high temps and more drought.

  • chouseworth Dec 30, 2011

    More panic, shock and awe from the friendly WRAL folks. Anything to drive ratings. News and weather for eighth graders......

  • Screw WrAl Dec 29, 2011

    A dry artic invasion = nothing. Sorry Fish, it still ain't gonna happen. The drought continues, now hoard water and say you've been warned.

  • Big Mike Dec 29, 2011

    Come on WRAL.."Artic Invasion"...??..Who thought that one up? Once again trying to sell bread and milk..and panic the public..

  • whatelseisnew Dec 29, 2011

    "By this time last year we already had snow in Raleigh, NC. It was nice to see and would be nice to see it again. Bring it on, it's good to have a little snow. If you don't like it move further south."

    Seems to me you should move far north where you will find lots of snow to satisfy your craving. Myself, I hope global warming true, I want to plant palm trees.

  • mmtlash Dec 29, 2011

    cold temps w/ no snow....what's the point lol

    by the time moisture moves in we'll be back in the 50s and 60s

  • Commen Dec 29, 2011

    Cool!

  • awood2 Dec 29, 2011

    I would like some snow please! Not enough to make a big mess everywhere..but enough to make it pretty to see and play in.

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