Warming trend will make snow a distant memory

Posted February 21, 2012

— North Carolina's winter weather roller coaster will hit another high mark later this week, as high temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will climb into the upper 60s and low 70s, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Temperatures started in the 20s Tuesday morning, but will climb into the mid-50s by the afternoon hours. By Wednesday, spring-like weather will be back just three days after much of central and western North Carolina saw snowfall.

"We're in for a big warm up this week," she said. "As cold as it was this morning, it's going to be pretty noticeable by Wednesday afternoon."

Low temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will also stay warmer than average, bottoming out in the 40s both days. 

The first of two cold fronts making their way toward the state will pass through the Triangle area late Tuesday, making skies mostly cloudy by the afternoon commute. 

The second front will pass through during the overnight hours Wednesday. Neither system should produce much in the way of rain, but some areas could see sprinkles, Gardner said. 

"We're not likely to see much measurable rain, but there could some light sprinkles," she said. "We're going to have mostly cloudy skies during the next couple of days."

The warmest day of the week will come Thursday, when afternoon highs could top out in the low-to-mid 70s.

"It's going to be an absolutely beautiful day," Gardner said.

Rain chances return Friday, but highs will remain in the upper 60s during the day. Another cool down is on tap for the weekend, as highs will return to the mid-50s and lows fall back into the mid-to-upper 30s. 


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  • Screw WrAl Feb 22, 2012

    Let's see, almsot 70 today, 75 tomorrow, 70 on Friday, yep, I'd say whoever forecasted 70's and 80's for winter were pretty spot on. Maybe we haven't reached 80 yet, but we'll be close enough the rest of the week and guess what?


    Now bring on that next fluke flake.

  • BWAHAHA Feb 21, 2012

    Ambygirl.. i highly doubt we will see YouMakeItSoEasy ever again after his fall from weather forecasting grace. Bring on the split personalities of this basement dweller.

  • redrubberball1 Feb 21, 2012

    "Sure, mep. When you've got your head buried in the sand up to your adam's apple, it might be difficult to open your eyes and ears to the more-than abundant scientific proof all around you.
    Sumo Vita
    February 21, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Actually it is you who has his head buried. The Wall Street Journal published a piece in late Jan., signed by 16 well respected scientists who challenge the entire notion. It is hardly "settled science".

  • Shamrock Feb 21, 2012

    "Johnny, I think YMISE thinks he can hide his shame behind a new user id. WRAL's prediction was SPOT ON - unlike his - and it must sting like crazy. LOL!"

    Thats why he has a new screen name. Surprised he didn't change it a long time ago with all those wrong predictions like temps in 70s and 80s all winter (how many have we had?), and wrong preds on rain amounts couple of weeks ago. Let's don't forget he said he would not snow last year. Dude needs to get out of the basement once in a while.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 21, 2012

    It did not last long and I was very glad. But winter is not over yet. We could see more later on in March.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 21, 2012

    Spring started back in November. Summer arrives Thursday.

    Along with your AC bill and another 10 cent jump at the pumps.

  • dkdwill Feb 21, 2012

    Don't try to fool mother nature by bringing on spring to early, nothing like a spring snow fall to kill off the spring flowers and trees. don't count out old man winter yet....

  • n ter tained Feb 21, 2012

    only 4 more weeks till calendar spring. :)

  • BELLA28 Feb 21, 2012

    The weather has the poor trees confused. I just passed about eight trees in full bloom right by the 440 exits near the corner of Western Blvd and Blue Ridge Rd. Beautiful pink blooms, though. :)

  • Ambygirl Feb 21, 2012

    I loved the 2 inches of SNOW we got!! It was beautiful and just what we needed! YouMakeItSoEasy, you aren't fooling anyone with your 4 Dollar Gas..... try again!