Heavy rain moves east; clearing to happen gradually late Thursday

Posted November 18, 2015 2:01 p.m. EST
Updated November 19, 2015 5:33 p.m. EST

— The bulk of the heavy rain that slowed Thursday's commute pushed into eastern North Carolina during the mid-morning hours, setting the stage for gradual drying and then a rush of cooler air over the weekend.

Daytime highs will top out in the mid-70s Thursday afternoon, about 10 to 15 degrees above normal for mid-November.

“We’re starting to see clearing out in the Triangle, and that process will continue through the evening," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "By overnight, we expect it to be pretty much clear.”

Early Friday, much cooler air will begin pouring into the region behind the front. Daytime highs Friday will be in the low 60s, and temperatures will be even cooler over the weekend.

“We’re noticing the northern branch of the jet stream buckling, and it will be delivering some cooler air in the days ahead," Maze said. "We will feel that especially over the weekend.”

Saturday and Sunday highs will be in the 50s as abundant sunshine dominates, and Monday's daytime temperatures could be in the 40s.

Overnight lows will retreat, too, backing into the 30s by the weekend and lows 20s for early next week.