Week gets off to chilly start

Posted October 19, 2008
Updated October 20, 2008

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— Sunday was clear, calm – and cold, but overnight those factors make conditions ripe for the frost of the season.

A cool area of high-pressure will move up from the south and build up over central North Carolina throughout Sunday. The system will keep things breezy and cool, with highs around 62.

Overnight, however, breezes will die down, while skies stay clear, and temperatures drop into the mid 30s – conditions that allow frost to fall.

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for most of central North Carolina for 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday. Frost could develop over large areas, particularly rural ones.

Sensitive outdoor plants should be brought indoors or covered to keep them from being killed by the frost.

The low temperatures have also prompted a freeze warning or watch for most of the mountains and western North Carolina. Sub-freezing temperatures could kill crops and other sensitive plants.

After a chilly start to the work week, the Triangle will heat up slightly: Temperatures will get up into the low 70s by Tuesday and not drop below the low 40s.

Around mid-week, however, the air will become chillier following a cold front that is expected to move through the state, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. The front is not expected to bring any rain.

Lows could dip into the 30s again Wednesday night, and temperatures will likely not get out of the mid 60s for the remainder of the week.


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