'Drastically' cooler temps coming behind approaching front

Posted October 2, 2014 6:08 a.m. EDT

— The final two days of the work week will remain warm across central North Carolina, but a blast of cool air is coming this weekend behind an approaching cold front, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Daytime highs will reach the low 80s both Thursday and Friday ahead of the front before dipping into the low 70s and even upper 60s by Sunday.

"Are you ready for some chilly weather?" Gardner said. "Once our front comes through, we're going to notice pretty drastic changes in our temperatures, especially in the morning."

The front could generate scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm late Friday evening, but the rain will move out quickly on a cool, crisp Saturday morning.

Lows could dip into the mid-40s both Saturday and Sunday morning.

Sunshine will be abundant throughout the first weekend of October, but it won't do much to warm daytime highs. The forecast high for Sunday is 67 degrees, more than 10 degrees below normal.

Overnight lows will also be 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

Lows will remain cool during the early part of the work week, but daytime highs will return to the mid-70s.