Freeze watch blankets Triangle Friday into Saturday

Posted November 9, 2017 7:12 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

— The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a Freeze Watch for much of central North Carolina beginning Friday evening and lasting into Saturday morning.

After days of chilly temperatures, gray skies and persistent drizzle, sunnier skies are in the forecast for Friday. The forecast high is in to mid-50s under dry, mostly clear skies.

The temperature will take another dip after dark and fall past the freezing mark in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Counties along the North Carolina-Virginia border could see overnight lows in the 20s, and Saturday will only warm up to about 48 degrees, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

"It's going to be cold, so get ready," Maze said. "It's the first freeze of the season, but Saturday's sunshine will warm us into the 40s."

Current Temperatures, DMA

Saturday (Nov. 11) is likely to mark the first freeze of the season.

The average first freeze comes on Oct. 31, but last year's first below-freezing temps came on Nov. 12.