Countdown to freezing weather: 20 degree temps on the way
Posted January 15, 2020 5:52 a.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2020 9:31 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — It's a countdown to winter's return, with an arctic front moving towards North Carolina, bringing 20 degree temperatures and freezing mornings by Monday.
It's part of a system that's leading to winter storm warnings and advisories for the Midwest and Northeast part of the country as freezing air moves down from Canada.
Some of those places could get a fair amount of snow -- up to four inches. But the biggest things the Triangle has to worry about is the chance of rain Saturday night and hard freezes into next week.
"I've looked at the models clear through the end of the month and into February and there's no snow in our forecast," meteorologist Mike Maze said. "But there is rain, though."
Saturday's lows were in the 30s, with the day expected to warm up into the low 50s. The mountains have a chance for snow, but the Triangle has potential for up to half an inch of rain.
Starting Sunday night and into Monday, there's a chance for a hard freeze, with temperatures Sunday night around 24. The next four nights will have temperatures slowly warming but still in the 20s.
Monday morning the freezing weather countdown is over, officially ushering in lows in the 20s. Highs will be in the 40s.
Tuesday and Wednesday maintain that frigid pattern, with mornings in the 20s and afternoons in the 40s.
Thursday will still be cold, but temperatures will begin to warm slightly.
By Friday, we could see temps reach 60 before another round of rain returns to the Triangle.