Blustery conditions bring cold, dry air to Triangle

Posted January 13, 2012

— Howling winds associated with a passing cold front roared through the Triangle in the early morning hours Friday, bringing with them cold, dry air that will set up shop in the area throughout much the next week, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour downed some limbs and knocked out power to about 4,700 homes in the area, but didn't cause any major problems. 

"It was very gusty out there last night," Gardner said. "Winds were steady in the 20s and gusted up to about 40 in some spots. At this point, the winds that have the potential to knock down trees and power lines have moved out of the Raleigh area."

Breezy conditions will stick around throughout the day Friday and will make highs in the mid to upper 40s feel more like upper 30s.

"Winds have already died down, and that will continue, Gardner said about 6 a.m. "That will continue, but it's still gusty out and those winds will make it feel colder than it is." 

Cold air behind the passing cold front will settle in during the day Friday and stick around throughout the weekend and bulk of next week, with highs for much of that time period topping out in the upper 40s and low 50s. 

Lows Friday, Saturday and Sunday will dip into the low 30s and upper 20s in some spots, Gardner said. WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

"Temperatures will be a little closer to normal for this time of year," she said.

Skies will remain clear throughout the weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday before another chance of rain comes in Tuesday. 


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  • americaneel Jan 16, 2012

    YouMakeItSoEasy has spoken and it shall be.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 13, 2012

    "We'll likely get "slammed" in February."

    Yeah, by higher taxes and $4 a gallon gas. Up over 30 cents in the last 2 weeks. Just like out temps, down right now, won't last long. As for eating yellow snow, you go right ahead. You might see a few flurries or even a light dusting, if you're really lucky and you pay someone, before Ground Hog Day, but you won't see a major snow here this winter and the facts back that up. But I do know that even a light dusting causes most in this area major panic. Heaven forbid you get home in less than 8 hours when we get an 1/8th inch.

    Now ask Rover to step outside and wait. For snow.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jan 13, 2012

    I thought the caption, at first, read: Buttery conditions........LOL!

    I must have butter on the mind. I want snow!


  • Ambygirl Jan 13, 2012

    Nearly singed my lips a couple times kissing my We love each other so much that sparks literally fly.
    January 13, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    So cute! Love it!

  • stupidbrainchild Jan 13, 2012

    Cold, windy and dry spells one thing; STATIC! I remember one year I kept getting shocked so bad on door knobs that I walked around with a paper clip on my finger so the shock wouldn't hurt so bad. Nearly singed my lips a couple times kissing my We love each other so much that sparks literally fly.

  • mmtlash Jan 13, 2012

    the way this yo yo weather pattern is I'm sure at some point before March timing will work out where we have a bit of snow or ice, although the way things are this winter within a day or two after it will probably be but a memory

  • anne53ozzy Jan 13, 2012

    Once again, this is the time of year where we see do many fires in homes die to inadequate heating devices. I beg those of you who know people who may use keosense heaters, electic space heaters or other means of heat to check on them and make sure they understand the proper use of these.

  • The Chief is wrong Jan 13, 2012

    4 inches of snow tonight in Boone and more coming tomorrow night. You want winter? You gotta go 200 miles west and up 3,000 feet. It aint happening here. Gonna be a nice warm winter here in the Triangle.

  • americaneel Jan 13, 2012

    YouMakeItSoEasy....I see you have spoken again with your all knowing weather knowledge. Where did you say you got your meteorology degree again? On-line?

  • kikinc Jan 13, 2012

    Leave it to youmakeiteasy to act like he knows all weather. Why aren't you hired by the weather channel?

    Because him and Jim Cantore would come to blows.