67 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2012-02-24 22:02:00
Updated: 2012-02-25 17:05:57
Posted February 24, 2012
Updated February 25, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — A week that started with snow, soared to sunny, 70-degree days and included widespread tornado watches ended with whipping winds under sunny skies Saturday.
Temperatures topped out in the mid-50s and were forecast to be in the same range Sunday before a work-week warmup.
"We're going to have one more day where it's pretty windy out there in spots," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. "We could see 15 to 20 mile per hour sustained winds and gusts up to 30 miles per hour on occasion."
Because of the windy conditions and dry air moving into the area, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday for counties in the Triangle and west because of an increased chance for fires to spread quickly.
"The dry air and very low humidity that we'll have throughout the day can fuel the stuff that can burn on the ground," Moss said. "It's going to be a bad day for any kind of burning." WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast
Once the winds die down Saturday evening, temperatures will drop into the upper 20s and low 30s across much of Central North Carolina.
Sunshine will dominate Sunday's forecast as highs reach into the low 50s. Another warm up will begin early next week, with highs Monday and Tuesday topping out in the low 60s and reaching into the 70s Wednesday.