Weekend warms up before next arctic blast
Posted January 3
Updated January 4
Raleigh, N.C. — Weekend temperatures will warm slightly across much of central and eastern North Carolina, but another blast of arctic air – even colder than the one that sent wind chills into the teens early Friday – will arrive in the area late Monday.
Temperatures were in the 20s at daybreak Saturday, and afternoon highs will climb into the low 40s under partly cloudy skies.
"It is cold as we kick off this Saturday, but we don't have the brisk winds that we saw Friday morning," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.
Clouds will fill in gradually during the evening hours Saturday.
A slight chance of rain will arrive early Sunday, but that wet weather is sure to be rain, not snow, as highs are forecast to climb back into the 50s.
Another cold front will push through the region late Sunday and early Monday, creating more chances for rain during the morning commute and first half of the day.
"We could briefly see some snow or sleet as the back edge of this front pushes through, but by the time we get to early afternoon it will be out of here, and sunshine will return along with the frigid temperatures," Moss said.
Daytime highs on Monday will top out in the upper 40s, but those temperatures will come early in the day before the front pushes through.
The mercury will fall throughout the afternoon, settling in the single digits by Tuesday morning.
"The record low for Jan. 7 is 15 degrees, and we hit that mark at Raleigh-Durham International in 1988," Moss said. "We could end up near 9 or 10 degrees this week."
The high Tuesday will top out in the mid-20s before falling back into the teens early Tuesday.
"We'll moderate some later in the week, climbing back into the upper 40s and low 50s by Thursday and Friday," Moss said.