Arctic blast could push weekend temps into teens

Posted December 6, 2016 7:01 a.m. EST
Updated December 6, 2016 3:54 p.m. EST

— North Carolinians who have been enjoying warm December temperatures are in for some bad news.

An Arctic blast coming out of Canada that has already frozen Denver, Colorado into single digit temperatures will make its way toward the Tar Heel state over the weekend. While the mercury won't drop to those single digits, it could still fall below 20 degrees, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

"We may get into some upper-teens on Saturday morning in some places, especially up near the Virginia line," Gardner said.

After a cold, wet day, Gardner said to prepare for a chilly commute home. Temperatures will stay in the 40s the rest of the afternoon and dip even lower into the evening. The rain should stay away for the remainder of the day.

"As we get into the evening, skies will gradually clear and tomorrow will be a nice day," Gardner said. "A little bit of cloud cover late tonight, and then get ready for that Arctic chill coming in over the weekend."

A warm front trying to push its way northward won't make it far enough into North Carolina to warm the Triangle. Temperatures in Wilmington could reach into the high 60s, though, while the Triangle will register about 20 degrees cooler.

Tuesday's high temperature in Raleigh will get to 48 degrees, Gardner said, and Wednesday should be a touch warmer with clear skies, as the last bit of mild weather before the Arctic blast blows in.

"Expect a slight amount of rain Thursday and a big chill to follow," Gardner said.