Spring-like temps return to close out work week

Posted February 23, 2012

— 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 Weather team 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. 


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  • mmtlash Feb 23, 2012

    @ Amber you left a few out:

    4 Dollar Gas aka YouMakeItSoEasy aka The Chief is Wrong aka Hans

  • Ambygirl Feb 23, 2012

    Yes 4 Dollar Gas aka YouMakeItSoEasy, the word is therapy and yes, you need some........please come out of that basement and get some fresh air!! Whew, you wear me out!

  • Remy Feb 23, 2012

    Chief- I just checked the records and we have had snow 42 of the last 50 years, so to say a trace is typical is wrong.

  • Remy Feb 23, 2012

    chief - I can tell you I have been here a lot longer than you and you said typical winter here. It is not typical. If it was we would not be breaking records. I know exactly what an average means and after last year as an example, we surely are not average this year and it is not typical.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 23, 2012

    Been here all week. Seems to me I heard the Fish tell us that today would be wind warning weather, but other than a few piddley gusts once again he was not even close. I'm pretty sure I heard him also say that he isn't sure if there is enough time left or not, this non-winter, to "pay a price" for having no winter.

    One word Fish, THERAPY.

  • The Chief is wrong Feb 23, 2012

    Been here all my life-38 years. You might wanna look up the word average. If avg temps are in the 50's then you can bet there are temps in the 70's...and every coule of weeks as i stated. And avg of 7 inches of snow is taken not every year but over a period of can not have snow for 4 years straight then a big one on that 5th year and guess what? The average will be caluclated per year including the years that didnt have snow and the year that had the big one. Some people need to think before they type.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 23, 2012

    Flowers bloomed in January. Weeds will start blooming this week, but don't fear, the PHd's via wral said we won't have anymore weeds than normal. cough, cough, right.

    As for a sizzling summer, count on it. Along with record drought, water shortages and $4.50 gas. Minimum!

  • Remy Feb 23, 2012

    "Its always dry with temps in the 60s and 70's every 2 weeks along with maybe a trace of snow. Thats it!! Thats winter in NC."
    The Chief is wrong

    You must be new. The average winter temps are in the 50s. You might want to look up the average snowfall because it is around 7 inches.

  • The Chief is wrong Feb 23, 2012

    Typical NC winter. What we had last year was NOT typical. Its always dry with temps in the 60s and 70's every 2 weeks along with maybe a trace of snow. Thats it!! Thats winter in NC.

  • BWAHAHA Feb 23, 2012

    That thunderstorm was so nice. 10 days till snow!