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Weekend ends warm, but arctic air is on the way

Posted March 1

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— Temperatures are expected to soar into the 60s and 70s on Sunday across central North Carolina, but major changes are on the way for the start of the work week. 

Skies overnight Saturday and into Sunday will be clear, allowing temperatures to fall into the mid-30s, WRAL Meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said. 

Spring-like air will rush back into the area on Sunday ahead of an approaching cold front and low pressure system, sending afternoon highs into the mid-60s, well above average for this time of year.

The cold front will drop across central North Carolina on Monday bringing showers and much colder temperatures.

"On Monday temperatures are going to drop rapidly," Wilmoth said. "We will start our day in the 50s, but the day will end in the 20s.  The northern half of the viewing area could end up seeing some mixed wintry precipitation by the evening commute."

Temperatures will be close to freezing by the early afternoon on Monday. "We could see this storm wrap up with a little snow across the viewing area," Wilmoth said. 

Skies will clear Tuesday, but the day will start very cold with temperatures in the 20s.

Wednesday will be more mild with mostly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the upper 40s. 

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