Clear, dry week will keep temps low

Posted December 19, 2010
Updated December 20, 2010

— Clear skies and dry air will keep temperatures low, but North Carolinians can look forward to a week without frozen precipitation.

Temperatures were in the 20s early Monday, but plenty of sunshine was expected with highs in the low to mid 40s, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. 

WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said the average temperature this December has been 42 degrees, 12 degrees lower than average December temperatures.

"It looks like we may end December on a very cold note and possibly be cold all of January," Deaner said.

High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 40s Tuesday through Friday, with overnight lows in the upper 20s. There will be varying degrees of cloud and sun those days.

Those temperatures are warmer than those of the past two weeks, but they're still below the seasonal average. In mid-December, the Triangle usually sees daily temperatures reaching into the low 50s and dipping into the low 30s.

Next Saturday – Christmas Day – will turn cloudy and slightly colder, with a high in the upper 30s.

"On Christmas Day, there's a chance of some rain," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. "There's a small chance then that we finish off that rain with a brief period of snow, but it's too early to really worry about any details."


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  • lma1973 Dec 22, 2010

    NOAA.GOV says we could be in for a significant winter storm come this weekend. The rain that is causing all the issues in california is headed this way. hmmm.

  • dingdongding Dec 21, 2010

    Sehsa, can you tell me what models you are looking at? I am interested to look as well.

  • lma1973 Dec 21, 2010

    I see WRAL has a snowflake for Sunday. Yeah right!! Trying to predict the weather 5 days out is a will probably be sunny and 60.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 20, 2010

    The European model says fair to medium that you might get wet on Christmas day. If it rains. On Christmas day that is. Wet. Rain. Day...

  • dingdongding Dec 20, 2010

    I wonder if we really will get snow this Christmas...

  • jdupree Dec 20, 2010

    Where did Al Gore hide all that Global Warming money he made. We need to burn some for fuel!

  • iroh67 Dec 20, 2010

    yo sehsa can u give details on what the models are saying....

  • Finz Up Dec 20, 2010

    Watch for a "potential" biggun Christmas Eve into Christmas Day......It's still 5 days away but models have changed drastically today. Just something to keep an eye on ;-)

  • jkca Dec 20, 2010

    What happened to the 52 degree high on Christmas day???

  • lma1973 Dec 20, 2010

    It will be back in the upper 80's lower 90's within the next 6 weeks-watch and "Drought watch 2011" will begin in earnest.