Raleigh, N.C. — Temperatures will dip to unseasonable lows Monday night, but Triangle towns are likely to avoid a freeze.
We will wake up to chilly mornings Tuesday and Wednesday, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. Whether or not that includes frost depends on cloud cover.
"The faster the clouds clear out, the better chance we'll have [for] cooler temperatures and a little patchy frost," she said.
Freeze watches, warnings or advisories were posted for 43 counties statewide Monday evening, and some mountain areas had already seen some spring snow.
Tuesday afternoon will see the start of a weeklong warm-up for central North Carolina, with afternoon sun and highs approaching 60 degrees.
The greater chance of a widespread frost will be on Wednesday morning. That could damage strawberries and other crops and outdoor plants.
The end of the week should be clear and warm, with temperatures warming through the 70s and closing in on 80 by Friday.