Warm new year to give way to wintry blast
Posted December 31, 2011
The Triangle will enjoy spring-like conditions to ring in the new year, and Jan. 1 will be noticeably above the norm for this time of year, but after that the cold moves in, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.
Saturday will be a clear, warm day with highs in the mid-60s. By midnight, it could cool down into the mid-40s for the acorn to drop in downtown Raleigh. Sunday features more of the same – mostly sunny skies and a high temperature pushing into the high 60s, almost 20 degrees above the average high for the date.
The warmest Jan. 1 was recorded in 1985, when the mercury reached 75 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The coldest was 1977, when it dipped to 13. Temperature Tracker
The change comes Monday. The work week could begin a good 20 degrees cooler than the weekend, Moss said. And it gets even colder.
"A cold front and a sharpening upper-level trough over the eastern U.S. may keep a lot of us on the short side of 40 degrees all day by Tuesday, with a blustery wind to go along with the colder temperatures," Moss said.
A very gradual warming trend through the end of the week gets the outlook back above the 50-degree mark.
The cold will be unaccompanied by any moisture that could mean snow or ice. Days will be dry, clear and cold. Nights will dip to as low as 20 degrees.