Sprinkles possible Thursday, but sunshine returns for weekend

Posted October 16, 2014 6:37 a.m. EDT

— A slow-moving cold front that dumped heavy rain on the Triangle Wednesday is long gone, but some moisture associated with it could generate scattered sprinkles or light showers across the area Thursday.

Clouds will increase in the area throughout the morning, and rain chances will climb to about 20 percent during the afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"We'll see clouds stream into the area during the morning," she said. "The good news is we won't see any heavy rain today."

Daytime highs Thursday will climb to near 70 degrees before falling into the 50s during the late-evening.

"If you're headed to the State Fair when gates open Thursday at 3 p.m., take a rain jacket along with you just in case," Gardner said. "None of it will last too long, so don't let it keep you away."

Daytime highs will be much closer to normal over the next several days. Afternoon temperatures will climb into the mid-70s Friday and Saturday before dipping into the mid-60s on Sunday.

Overnight lows will also cool down, falling into the low 50s Friday morning and into the mid-40s over thr weekend.

"It looks beautiful over the weekend, but we will see below-normal temperatures beginning Sunday and running into next week," Gardner said.