Cooler air makes weekend finally feel like fall

Posted October 21, 2016 9:12 a.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2016 12:00 a.m. EDT

— At high school football games and along the midway at the North Carolina State Fair, those who spent time outdoors on Friday evening got a taste of the coming cooldown. Temperatures were forecast to drop into the mid-40s overnight behind a cold front that brought serious change to the recently warm weather.

The emphasis stays on dry and cool through the weekend. Saturday's forecast high is only 61 degrees, a drop of almost 30 degrees from Wednesday and Thursday's record warmth.

"We'll have chilly start to the day tomorrow morning,” said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.

Saturday will be sunny with some wind and highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s, the coolest air so far this season.

“It will be much cooler heading into the weekend. And some of us could even got down into the 30s as we head into Sunday morning,” Wilmoth said.

Atop Mount Mitchell in Yancey County, winter arrived with the first snow of the season. Although wind whipped the flakes, the National Weather Service said no significant accumulation was expected.

Sunday will be sunny, but still cool, with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

The beginning of next week should have mild temperatures and sunny skies. The record high temperatures of last week are over. Another cold front will come in on Monday, keeping temperatures brisk the rest of the week.

“There’s a little taste of fall heading our way,” Wilmoth said.