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Spring creeps into last days of winter

Posted March 17, 2011

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— Residents of North Carolina can look forward to a bout of springlike weather in the last few days of winter.

"We do have some beautiful weather on tap," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Thursday. "Amazingly for this time of year, we have highs in the 80s for four of the next seven days."

Thursday will see a high in the low 70s, and temperatures will warm up more dramatically for the weekend. The mercury will shoot above 80 degrees both Friday and Saturday.

Those unseasonably high temperatures are being driven by a high pressure system that's acting unusually, Gardner said. Normally, a high pressure system draws colder winds from the north.

"Instead, this one is bringing westerly, southwesterly winds, so our temperatures start to warm up immediately," Gardner explained.

A more typical northerly wind flow will set in Sunday, dropping the day's high to the mid 60s. Sunday is the official end of winter.

The winds will quickly reverse again, and temperatures will zip back up to around 80 degrees next Tuesday and Wednesday.

North Carolina has seen a pattern of warmer than normal temperatures lately, Gardner said, but beyond a week, it's hard to predict with any certainty how long that trend might continue.

Normal highs for this time of year run in the low 60s, so it wouldn't be unexpected to have a few days with temperatures in the 50s over the next few weeks, she said.

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  • apostolicjgirl Mar 18, 2011

    i can't wait for spring. i hate being cold everyday

  • Shamrock Mar 17, 2011

    DrierThanAuntGertrude - GO AWAY! seankelly15

    Seankelly-I couldn't agree more!

    Me too! And talking about endless rants, you got the market on that one Aunt Gertrude!

  • pthfan22 Mar 17, 2011

    DrierThanAuntGertrude - GO AWAY!
    seankelly15

    Seankelly-I couldn't agree more!

  • tobywilliamson58 Mar 17, 2011

    Rain go away!! Bring summertime! Then I will be ready for cool days and brime time again!!!!

  • Dark of the Moon Mar 17, 2011

    I can't wait for summer.

    I love the beautiful NC summers.

    Charlton Dude

  • seankelly15 Mar 17, 2011

    DrierThanAuntGertrude - GO AWAY!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 17, 2011

    "Get ready for 100+ every day this summer and bad storms."

    How many record days above 90 this year Fish? Oh it will be endless his rants on the subject. Boring.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 17, 2011

    Spring? Try summer! We go right from a few weeks of winter slam into scalding summer heat and humidity just like this every Springless year. The weather here absolutely stinks for in between seasons. Guess Mr. Fishel has checked into rehab to deal with his winter just being taken away from him. Robbed. Stolen. Not gonna happen. No more snow. While we're at it, no more rain either. Now he can get pumped up to sensationalize the massive drought and water rations for the next 8 months. Not that this epic drought is going to need any help.

  • Shadow666 Mar 17, 2011

    "North Carolina has seen a pattern of warmer than normal temperatures lately, Gardner said, but beyond a week, it's hard to predict with any certainty how long that trend might continue."

    I can predict it...it's called climate change. Get ready for 100+ every day this summer and bad storms. We're doomed.

  • Ipromiseitwonthurt Mar 17, 2011

    Time to shine up the Hog!

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