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Winter to take 'hiatus' as warmer air moves into NC

Posted February 18

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— Warmer temperatures were filtering into the central part of North Carolina at lunchtime Tuesday, a sign of a changing weather pattern that will remain in place throughout the work week. 

"We're going to see a lot of sunshine today. It's going to be beautiful," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Temperatures will climb into the mid-50s by lunchtime across much of the area, near normal highs for mid-February. 

The last time highs reached the 60s at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was Feb. 3, when the high was 64 degrees. 

"We had a front move through overnight, and we're seeing warmer air coming into the region from the south and west," Gardner said. "That pattern is going to stay with us, but we could also see a bit more unsettled weather as more fronts move toward our area."

The first of the two systems will arrive late Tuesday and could produce showers overnight and during the first half of the day Wednesday. 

Light showers could linger into the afternoon Wednesday, but they should be few and far between, Gardner said. Despite the rain, daytime highs will once again be warm, likely topping out in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees.

Clouds will stay put Thursday, but the Triangle should avoid rain. 

"The system we're really going to need to keep an eye on could get here early Friday," Gardner said. "It could generate some thunderstorms, and right now, it's looking like our best chance for those will be during the morning hours."

Cooler air will be back in the area by the weekend, but it will be accompanied by bright sunshine. Daytime highs will be near 60 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.

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  • I Love Global Warming Feb 18, 7:15 p.m.

    "If you spent as much time actually researching climate change as you did rehashing the same right wing garbage, you'd know. "Climate change will involve more drastic swings in weather patterns and temperature swings". That is one of the indications that it is occurring if you actually took the time to look. Now go back to Foxnews, I'm sure they are missing you."

    I agree with gswallker51. There's so much hype in the media over the weather.

    I challenge the main principle of "weather extremes". It doesn't always snow in central NC every winter, but most years it does. Likewise a high of 70 or so in late February is not unusual.

    colinmb123us, just because someone doesn't believe in man-made global warming doesn't tell you anything about their political leanings.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Feb 18, 3:37 p.m.

    This climate change is crazy!! North Carolina usually does'nt have a Winter. Cold in February???? INSANE!!

  • colinmb123us Feb 18, 12:23 p.m.

    What part of climate change is this? Last week's "un-heard-of" snowfall (in February of all... View More

    — Posted by gswalker51

    If you spent as much time actually researching climate change as you did rehashing the same right wing garbage, you'd know. "Climate change will involve more drastic swings in weather patterns and temperature swings". That is one of the indications that it is occurring if you actually took the time to look. Now go back to Foxnews, I'm sure they are missing you.

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 18, 12:18 p.m.

    Not doing me any good sitting here at work. Where was this warmth during my 3 day weekend? *pounds on desk*

  • Shadow666 Feb 18, 12:17 p.m.

    We're doomed.

  • ncouterbanks69 Feb 18, 10:42 a.m.

    Thank goodness! Maybe the worst winter in years is finally over. It has been cold enough it is finally time for some warmth and sunshine.

  • gswalker51 Feb 18, 10:40 a.m.

    What part of climate change is this? Last week's "un-heard-of" snowfall (in February of all things!) was part of climate change and now it's back to almost 70 degrees. I've also noticed when the sun is out it's warmer but at night it's much cooler. Is that also part of global warming/climate change?

  • luvstoQ Feb 18, 10:31 a.m.

    Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!

  • tgirl Feb 18, 10:13 a.m.

    Love it! Just keep that four letter word out of the forecast.

    — Posted by Reformed Liberal

    The only s word we want to see in the forecast is SUN.

  • Reformed Liberal Feb 18, 9:24 a.m.

    Love it! Just keep that four letter word out of the forecast.