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Temperatures warm following brief winter blast

Posted January 5, 2012

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— High temperatures will return to normal Thursday following a brief, intense winter blast that dropped lows into the teens in some parts of central North Carolina early Tuesday, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Lows Thursday bottomed out around 30 degrees across much of the area, but were still some 10-15 degrees warmer than just 24 hours ago. 

"It's still cold, but our temperatures are much closer to normal than they've been the last two days," Gardner said. "Our official low yesterday was 19 degrees. It was the coldest temperatures we've seen since last February."

Highs Thursday will top out in the low to mid 50s before dropping back near 30 early Friday morning. That warming trend will continue into the weekend, with highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday climbing into the low 60s. 

Passing clouds may make their way to the Triangle late Saturday and Sunday, but the weekend forecast includes much more sun than shade, Gardner said. 

"There may be a few clouds on Sunday, but otherwise, lots of sun this weekend," she said. "A great weekend to spend some time outside, because you never know when that next cold blast will make its way south."

Highs will remain in the mid 50s to low 60s for much of the next week, Gardner said. Lows should also remain closer to January averages, hovering in the upper 30s and low 40s for much of central North Carolina. 

A chance for scattered rain showers creeps into the forecast Monday, Gardner said. 

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  • Screw WrAl Jan 6, 2012

    Lather up boys and girls, we'll be near 80 in 2 more weeks!

  • LBJ192 Jan 5, 2012

    "Lil' Janey, you like make ten thousand dolla bet? "

    What does my income have to do with anything? Just trying to take the attention away from yourself? BTW, you are right, about ten thousand...per month. How about yourself?

    "Wipe off your crystal ball before you look in it again. You're 0 for 1." About like you weather forecasting record except yours is a lot worse.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 5, 2012

    "LOL! That is because they are one and the same with a few more to boot!"

    Lil' Janey, you like make ten thousand dolla bet?

    Wipe off your crystal ball before you look in it again. You're 0 for 1.

  • americaneel Jan 5, 2012

    YouMakeItSoEasy...I see you have crawled out of your mom's basement to write your post. I hate to break his to you but you are very boring, give it up.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 5, 2012

    "Long Range changes ahead."

    Yep, most will need sunscreen by February.

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 5, 2012

    I live in a cold place. Even so, I sure wish it would warm up a little here. Just up to zero would be perfect!! It has been below -25 since the 23rd of Dec, and most of that time was below -40!! At least it is up to -25 today...up from -50 a couple of days ago.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jan 5, 2012

    "The only change around here after January 15th is that it will get warmer."

    SWEET! I can't wait

  • LBJ192 Jan 5, 2012

    "The Chief is wrong...Have you been hanging out with Youmakeitsoeasy again? You both sound like bookends mumbling the same weather babble."

    LOL! That is because they are one and the same with a few more to boot!

  • americaneel Jan 5, 2012

    The Chief is wrong...Have you been hanging out with Youmakeitsoeasy again? You both sound like bookends mumbling the same weather babble. Ill bet you had a sleepover at his house and you both got on his mom's computer to post your blogs.

  • The Chief is wrong Jan 5, 2012

    The only change around here after January 15th is that it will get warmer.

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