'Arctic invasion' to follow New Year's Day
Posted December 29, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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."
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.