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Cool, gray start to week

Posted January 25, 2009 7:29 a.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2009 11:58 p.m. EST

— The skies stayed mostly cloudy Sunday, and the temperatures cold, as we get ready to start what could be a week of unsettled weather.

The day's high was 36 degrees – a stark difference from Saturday's seasonally balmy high of 57 degrees.

An area of high-pressure to the north supplied the cold air, while an area of low pressure ran along a frontal boundary to the southeast, pumping in the clouds.

"We can expect mostly cloudy skies overnight," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. "An upper-level disturbance off to the north will bring some precipitation into North Carolina; however, the atmosphere is far to dry for that precipitation to make it all the way to the ground."

Monday will be a little brighter and a little bit warmer, as the clouds thin and allow the sun to come out in the afternoon. The high will jump a bit, too, up to around 48 degrees.

But it will go right back down into the upper 30s Tuesday, and clouds will also roll in that day.

"We could start Tuesday off with some mixed precipitation, especially along the state's northern counties," Deaner said. "It would be very brief and should not cause a problem."

During the rest of the week, a series of systems will roll in, keeping the highs and lows yo-yoing and often creating the chance for rain.

"We'll have kind of an unsettled finish to the week, as each day we have some kind of disturbance moving by or across the area that could produce a little precipitation," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.