Arctic air headed to Triangle for weekend

Posted February 10, 2012
Updated February 11, 2012

— Some of the coldest temperatures of the season will make their way to North Carolina this weekend behind an arctic front that will move through after lunchtime Saturday. 

The day will start out cloudy and cool, and there is a chance for some sprinkles until the middle of the afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the mid-50s at mid-day and then tumble through the afternoon as winds from the northwest pick up, WRAL meteorologists Mike Moss said. 

Gusts could reach 30 to 40 miles per hour in some spots by Saturday evening. 

"Bundle up if you're heading out later tonight or early Sunday," Moss said. "You'll need something to keep that wind off your skin." 

Temperatures will continue to fall throughout the evening Saturday, bottoming out in the lows 20s by early Sunday. The cold air mixed with the strong northwesterly winds could create dangerous wind chills hovering in the teens and even single digits in some spots, Moss said. 

There will be plenty of sunshine Sunday, but it will stay breezy and cold. With the winds factored in, the 41-degree forecast high will feel more like the 20s to near 30. 

The North Carolina mountains could see 2-6 inches of snow, especially in the far western counties near the Tennessee border. Once the chance of sprinkles diminishes Saturday afternoon, the Triangle shouldn't see much in the way of precipitation until rain enters the forecast again Tuesday. 

Temperatures will remain cool through the first half of the work week, with highs Monday and Tuesday topping out in the upper-40s to near 50. Overnight lows both days will be in the 20s to near 30.


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  • XLAW Feb 13, 2012

    Time to delete this article last updated February 11. It's no longer news, now it's history.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 13, 2012

    "It is winter by the way."

    Not anymore. Our winter was this weekend, now we're back to normal and heading for record high temps, record drought and $4 a gallon gas.

  • quikdraw2 Feb 10, 2012

    It is winter by the way. Too bad though - it usually warms up around Val day/Pres day... historically speaking....I am from NC and this is what I remember from year to year. Many visits to the coast this time of year because it is warmer and a hint of spring.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 10, 2012

    And let's all look forward to the wind damage that will occur tomorrow and ALL NIGHT LONG TOO! WoW!!! Uuu Wee!!!

  • Shamrock Feb 10, 2012


    Your lack of comments over the past few days has resulted in a blast of arctic air. Maybe the hot air that comes from your mouth contributes to global warming.

    Do us all a favor and keep quiet - I would like some snow."

    Interesting how polite everyone is on here when not prompted by his negative comments. Have a great weekend!

  • The Chief is wrong Feb 10, 2012

    Why are folks talking about snow flakes? When the coldest air gets here (Sunday) it will be completely sunny with 0% chance of precip.

  • Ambygirl Feb 10, 2012

    You'e right Cheif, I had it wrong. Won't be cold enough.

    ncouterbanks69 I can't help it! I love me some snow! Don't want it to stick, just want to see a little bit falling........looks like it will be next year maybe!

    Have a good weekend all!

  • ncouterbanks69 Feb 10, 2012

    I'm doin the snow dance at my desk!! I'd just be happy to see some flakes fall! COME ON SNOW FLAKES!!!

    I love by girl but snow belongs up north!!!! I'll take those 60's we have had all winter every year!!!!!

  • The Chief is wrong Feb 10, 2012

    Bakc in the 60's late next week.

  • The Chief is wrong Feb 10, 2012

    The low tonight is 42. You wont be seeing any snow flakes around here.