Record cold this week, but no snow in forecast
Posted November 10, 2019 9:51 a.m. EST
Updated November 10, 2019 10:55 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — The weekend cold blast was just the beginning of the arrival of wintry conditions in central North Carolina.
After a mostly pleasant Sunday, when temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees warmer than Saturday, warm air continues to filter into the region on Monday. High pressure offshore brings winds in from the southwest, and temperatures approach 70 for Veterans Day.
But then another front brings the likelihood of precipitation and the chance to see record cold.
"Some of the strongest and coldest air will stay to our north, but we could actually flirt with record-low temperatures Wednesday morning," WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch said.
So far, this doesn't look like enough cold for snow, according to WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood.
"It's just rain, and showers could begin as early as Tuesday morning," Sheerwood said.
Tuesday's temperatures will peak in the morning just shy of 50 degrees before dropping as the day goes on.
"This will be a strong front," Sheerwood said. "Tuesday will be also be breezy, with winds from the northwest at 15 to 20 mph."
The skies clear quickly, leaving sunshine and a dry day for Wednesday, when the high temperature is only forecast to reach 39 degree in Raleigh.
The record low for Raleigh on Nov. 13 is 23 degrees, set in 1977. Wednesday's forecast low is also 23.
The forecast low for Thursday is 25 degrees, higher than the record of 20, also set in 1977.
A warmup comes in the second half of the week. Thursday will reach 48 degrees, Friday and Saturday promise highs in the mid-50s.