Weekend brings 'wild changes' in weather

Posted January 20, 2012

— A slow-moving frontal system will bring rain showers to the Triangle late Friday and throughout the weekend, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Clouds will build in through the afternoon, and rain showers could make their way to the Triangle as early as Friday evening, potentially impacting the evening commute. Highs Friday will climb into the upper 50s to near 60. 

"It'll be really pleasant out there today, but clouds will build in later today," Gardner said. "It will be a fairly wet night tonight." WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

The frontal system will move north and south across North Carolina several times through the weekend, bringing  wild temperature fluctuations.

"The front will move northward as a warm front. It will stall. Then it will move southward as a cold front and stall. And then it will move northward as a warm front again," Gardner described.

The warm air ahead of the front arrives Saturday, when highs in some spots could come close to the 70-degree mark. 

"Depending on where the front is, you could see very different temperatures," she said. "That front will dip south of the Triangle late in the day Saturday, allowing the cooler air to stream in Sunday."

Highs Sunday will top out in the upper 40s to near 50. By Monday, the front will have moved north again, allowing the warm temperatures to return. Highs for the first day of the work week could reach 70 degrees again, Gardner said. 

"It's going to be a roller-coaster temperature ride," she said. "We'll have some showers throughout the weekend and first part of next week."

Skies will clear partially Tuesday and Wednesday, but highs will continue to run above normal, topping out in the low 60s both days.


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  • sjohnp2112 Jan 20, 2012

    Nice. My sinuses will get a real run for their money.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 20, 2012

    "The bulbs will be popping up any day now!"

    They've been popping since before Christmas. Drive down US1 and see for yourself.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 20, 2012

    You don't have to sign up. It's here to stay dude. Every 10 years we see one winter, the other 9 are just like this.

    ZERO WINTER! Now party at the Ground Hog's house!!

  • rlwieland Jan 20, 2012

    Where can I sign up for keeping this so called global warming thing going on? I love this weather!

  • raleighlynn Jan 20, 2012

    Every day we don't get snow, ice and freezing weather is a day closer to Spring. The bulbs will be popping up any day now!

  • Screw WrAl Jan 20, 2012

    "when there is a thunder storm in Winter, we usually have snow 10 days later"

    That's bunk. Even if a flur did fall from the sky it'd never stick. The ground is so warm the geese are having to wear protection from the pavement!

  • The Chief is wrong Jan 20, 2012

    Sunday's forecast says: "continued mild with showers possible" but the high is 48. How is that continued mild when Saturday is lamost 70? Come on WRAL get it together!!

  • Screw WrAl Jan 20, 2012

    Even the geese didn't bother leaving this year.

    Hey folks fill 'er up. The pool that is. We're on the way with some beverages and some geese.

  • robbincasino Jan 20, 2012

    I have only lived here since "05", but have been told by many natives that when there is a thunder storm in Winter, we usually have snow 10 days later. So far they've been right. So who knows, maybe we're not out of the woods yet?

  • btneast Jan 20, 2012

    Wow look at all those 60's, its just not gonna snow an inch this year i guess. seems like the impossible right now.

    ...not hardly. This type of weather is common to NC. I've been here 55 years....those of you that claim to have been here nearly as long must have poor memories. Most of what little snow we get here doesn't come till late January through February and even March. I have seen snow at Easter. The reason we have so little snow removal equipment is that after it snows, the temps usually rise enough to melt it all away the next day or so.