Published: 2020-12-31 10:16:00
Updated: 2020-12-31 16:08:45
By WRAL Severe Weather Center
Raleigh, N.C. — An often frustrating year ends with a dreary night Thursday, with patchy fog and scattered showers ringing in 2021 across central North Carolina.
As the new year begins at midnight, temperatures will be in the mid-40s, with the best chance for rain at that point southeast of the Triangle.
The showers aren't a surprise: 2020 has been the third-wettest year on record for the weather station at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport since 1944.
Much of Thursday was cloudy with off-and-on rain, as a line of showers moved across the Triangle in the morning. Highs reached the mid-50s.
On Friday, temperatures will dip into the 40s, with more clouds, fog and rain, as the region is stuck in a wedge of cooler air.
The National Weather Service dropped the Sandhills from a Level 1 risk for severe weather because the cooler air will keep the atmosphere more stable.
But the dreary weather clears out for Saturday, when central North Carolina will squeeze out of the wedge of cooler air. allowing highs to climb into the 60s.
The weekend still features a lot of clouds, but the best chance for rain will come Saturday evening and night into early Sunday morning. Most of the daytime hours this weekend have low rain chances – about 20 percent.