Raleigh, N.C. — The first official day of spring stepped off to a bracing start Wednesday, ushering in chilly temperatures that could last for a while.
High clouds held temperatures in the 50s, about 10 to 20 degrees colder than normal, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
“Today’s the first day of spring, which is typically something to celebrate,” she said. “But we’re about to head into a cold snap that is going to look a lot more like winter.”
The Triangle should see a drop in humidity, increasing sunshine and a high of 56 degrees Wednesday. Temperatures will slide Thursday, with a forecast high of 47 and overnight low of 31.
A hard freeze is in the forecast for early Friday morning, when overnight temperatures will plunge into the mid-20s.
“Our cold snap starts today and continues into the weekend,” Gardner said. “Along with cold temperatures, it’s going to be wet on Sunday.”
The chance of rain Sunday is 70 percent.
“It’s definitely going to be cold for us over the next five to seven, even 10 days,” Gardner said. “But it has been colder. It’s not that unusual for us to still see cold temperatures this time of year.”