18 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Nash, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Mecklenburg, VA counties. Details
Published: 2012-02-23 08:08:41
Updated: 2012-02-23 08:08:41
Posted February 23, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Spring-like temperatures will make a quick return to North Carolina Thursday and Friday ahead of a cold front that will bring showers to the region Friday and cooler temperatures for the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabth Gardner said.
Temperatures won't be record-setting Thursday, but most of the area should see afternoon highs in the mid-70s. The record for Feb. 23 came in 1980, when Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a high of 80 degrees.
"For those of you looking forward to warmer weather, today is your day," Gardner said. "Despite somewhat windy conditions, Thursday is going to be gorgeous."
A strong line of thunderstorms – some of which were severe – moved through the area between midnight and 2 a.m. Thursday, but did little damage, Gardner said.
Those storms and clouds moved out by the early morning hours, paving the way for partly cloudy to mostly sunny conditions during the late morning and afternoon hours.
Clouds associated with the next cold front that will impact the Triangle will begin to filter in by early Friday morning, Gardner said, bringing a chance for more showers during the day. High temperatures will remain in the upper 60s and low 70s for the final day of the work week.
Once that front clears late Friday, late February conditions will return for the weekend. WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast
High temperatures Saturday and Sunday should stay in the low-to-mid 50s with partly cloudy conditions on both days. Lows will dip to near 40 degrees Saturday morning and 30 degrees Sunday.
"You'll have to pull out the jackets again for the weekend once this front passes through," Gardner said. "It won't be as cold as it was early this week, but you will definitely notice the winter air coming back."
Partly cloudy skies will stay in the forecast early next week as temperatures climb back into the low-to-mid 60s Monday and Tuesday.