Winter is coming: Cold to settle in behind powerful system

Posted November 12, 2014

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— Temperatures will be above normal Wednesday across central and eastern North Carolina, but major changes are headed toward the area as arctic air associated with a powerful storm system spreads across the country.

Daytime highs could reach the low- to mid-70s in some parts of the Triangle, about 5 to 10 degrees above normal for mid-November, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"Get outside and enjoy the warm air and sunshine, because it's the last time we will have temperatures this nice for at least a week," she said. "We've got big, big changes coming."

Overnight lows will dip into the 40s early Thursday, and as the system moves through, daytime highs will struggle to reach the mid-50s.

By Friday, the real cold will arrive.

Highs over the weekend will stay in the low- to mid-40s, and overnight temperatures will dip into the upper 20s across the area. The normal lows for mid-November in the Raleigh area are the low 40s.

"This cold air mass is just going to slow down and park itself over our area until Monday and even beyond," Gardner said. "That seesaw won't tip us back to warm anytime soon."

The system producing the arctic blast hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend, and it has dumped 3 feet of snow in some places. Temperatures dropped up to 50 degrees in a day in some parts of the Upper Midwest.


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  • Claytonmomof2 Nov 12, 2014

    I can smell chili and hot chocolate already :)

  • Rod Runner Nov 12, 2014
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    About time? It's not winter yet. Cold temperatures are not normal for this time of year and the article says so. We'll be in the 20's for overnight lows this weekend, and it's normally 40's.

  • mdunston0822 Nov 12, 2014

    Yesterday I shared the headline on my facebook about how cold it was going to get and said "they missed the perfect opportunity to say 'winter is coming' and today that is their headline. Yay wral! lol

  • Roy Pine Nov 12, 2014
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    I see what you did there, WRAL. Well done.

  • Chad Johnson Nov 12, 2014
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    Brace yourselfs

  • ahagaman2 Nov 12, 2014

    When is the snow coming?!

  • jackaroe123 Nov 12, 2014

    I wonder if George RR Martin thinks of weather reports at this time of year the way many of us think of political ad season...

  • br549znc Nov 12, 2014

    It's about time we had some cold weather.

  • nobodyknow420 Nov 12, 2014

    ...winter is coming...

  • archmaker Nov 12, 2014

    I saw both plenty of accidents and plenty of drivers with NO headlights on.

    The fog wasn't the only thing dense...