Published: 2014-01-08 06:50:00
Updated: 2014-01-08 12:12:10
Posted January 8, 2014 6:50 a.m. EST
Updated January 8, 2014 12:12 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Temperatures were moderating across central and eastern North Carolina late Wednesday morning, a sign that the bitterly cold air that gripped the state on Tuesday is receding to the north and west.
Afternoon highs are expected to climb into the upper 30s, below normal for early January but still 10 to 15 degrees warmer than Tuesday's highs.
Tuesday’s low in Raleigh reached 9 degrees – the first time in nearly 14 years that the temperature plummeted to single digits. The previous record low for Jan. 7 was 15 degrees.
Temperatures cracked 32 degrees late Wednesday morning and will remain in the 30s throughout the afternoon. Overnight lows are expected to dip into the 20s.
More moderate temperatures are expected Thursday, and by the weekend high temperatures will climb into the 60s thanks to a high pressure system from the northwest that will combine with air from the Gulf of Mexico.
That will mean warmer, but also wetter weather. Rain is expected to roll in overnight Thursday and continue on and off Friday. Light rain is also possible for Saturday.
Sunday is expected to be cloudy with a high of 56 degrees.