Frost nips budding warm weather

Posted March 27, 2012 7:30 a.m. EDT

— A nearly two-weeklong stretch of warmer than normal weather came to an end early Tuesday, with temperatures as low as the 30s and patchy frost on the ground.

The Triangle and northern counties lay in a frost advisory early Tuesday, while the mercury dipped into the low 40s and upper 30s.

"The frost should be fairly patchy and light and should only last a few hours, so hopefully it won't have a major impact on any crops or tender vegetation out there," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Tuesday's high of 60 degrees will end a 16-day stretch of above-average temperatures. The average high for March 27 is 67 degrees.

"We've sort of been on autopilot. Our temperatures have been so warm so far this March," Gardner said. "Today, you have to take it out of autopilot and put the jackets on. No shorts and T-shirts today."

A frost advisory for early Wednesday also covers much of eastern North Carolina, including Johnston County.

But don't be quick to break out the winter wardrobe again. "Tomorrow, back to the the shorts and T-shirts," Gardner said. 

Wednesday will see a high in the mid 70s, and the mercury will get close to 80 again Thursday. Temperatures will drop again Friday into the upper 60s but return to the 70s for the weekend.