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Weekend warm-up coming after arctic blast

Posted November 13, 2013
Updated November 14, 2013

— Temperatures plummeted into the mid-20s across much of central and eastern North Carolina early Thursday, but warmer weather is on the way for the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

The low temperatures at Raleigh-Durham International Airport dipped to 25 degrees at 6 a.m., the coldest day at the airport since March 22.

Afternoon highs will reach the mid-50s Thursday under sunny skies, and temperatures will continue to warm into the mid-60s and even low 70s during the weekend.

Nighttime temperatures will also moderate. Friday morning will be chilly, with lows dipping to near freezing, but overnight lows during the weekend will be in the 50s. 

"We see a lot of wild swings in temperature during this time of year, and the next few days will be a great example of that," Gardner said. "We'll climb into the mid-70s on Sunday afternoon, and then be back in the mid-50s by the middle of next week."

On Friday, parts of the Triangle could see light rain and sprinkles during the afternoon and evening. Clouds will stay put during the weekend, but rainfall will be sparse until Monday, when another cold front should move through the state.


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  • smtsm Nov 14, 2013

    Arctic Blast? It's been in the 50s most everyday at the lowest point, and mid-20s at night. Right now in Noorvik, AK, just above the Arctic Circle, its 27 degrees, and will be 13 degrees tonight.

    Back to Baldchip - it can't be spring until it's past Winter. Breathe, you've got a while to go.

    To dontstopnow: No, utilities are not powering down the grids - the brownouts happen in summer heat, when AC goes up. So many people heat with gas and propane that the stress on the electrical grids is reduced, not increased.

  • baldchip Nov 14, 2013

    It was very chilly this morning in our house. Outside 26-inside 58. My wife is trying to conserve wherever as healthcare costs are going up-sharply!

    When will spring be here??

  • dontstopnow Nov 14, 2013

    I woke up at 4:30 this morning to no power. I used my cell phone to call Duke Energy to report the outage and within 5 minutes the power was back on. The power was off for 5 hours in the middle of the night!!!! I am wondering if they are powering down the grids at night to save electricity and is anyone else had this experience this morning.

    This sort of thing could result in frozen pipes and lots of serious damage on morning that are so cold.

  • EricaSliver Nov 14, 2013

    great running weather this weekend! hooray!

  • liskm Nov 13, 2013

    Not much of a winter person myself. Other seasons are joyful however!

  • TarHeelBrit Nov 13, 2013

    I love cold autumn nights. The bracing air with the smell of wood fires drifting in on the slight breeze, crunch of leaves underfoot...love it.

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  • Hammerhead Nov 13, 2013

    Geez Louise, I go by the meteorlogical first day of spring, March first. Only 107 days.

  • NoObamaCare Nov 13, 2013

    Great night to burn a fire, drink a nice dark beer, and kick back in my lazy boy!

  • Big Mike Nov 13, 2013

    OMG! We're 100 degrees above the South Pole...!!