'Dramatic change' coming with warm weekend weather

Posted December 28, 2010 5:56 a.m. EST
Updated December 28, 2010 2:24 p.m. EST

— North Carolina residents can expect a "dramatic change" in the weather this weekend as temperatures soar to 65 degrees on Saturday and 60 on Sunday, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Tuesday saw a big warm-up from the early morning hours when temperatures dipped into the teens to mid-afternoon when the mercury topped 45 degrees.

Just before noon, the National Weather Service lifted winter weather advisories that had been in effect for much of the central part of the state.

The warming trend will continue through Wednesday, which will be mostly sunny with a high around 46 degrees.

"By the time we get to Thursday and Friday, temperatures are really climbing on up into the mid to upper 50s," she said.

Saturday won't be the prettiest-looking day because of the cloud cover, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze, but at least it will be warm.

It will likely be in the 40s and dry when the acorn drops in Raleigh on New Year's Eve, Maze said. That's about 10 degrees above normal.

Temperatures inch even higher on Thursday and Friday with 50 and 58 degree highs, respectively.

Friday's high temp will be above normal for only the second day this month, according to Gardner.

"Hey, it’s nice to have a warm up to look forward to," Gardner said. "Make sure you take some time to get outside (this weekend) and enjoy this New Year's break from the cold."