Spotty showers move into central NC, sunshine on the way

Posted October 3, 2014 6:18 a.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2014 11:03 p.m. EDT

— A strong cold front will push through central North Carolina late Friday, producing showers and possibly thunderstorms before it allows much colder air to move into the area.

"Showers are increasing around the area and we could see a rumble of thunder overnight," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Once the front clears the area early Saturday, cooler, drier air will rush in.

The weather will be perfect for outdoor events like the Raleigh Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival in downtown Raleigh and the Fox 50 Family Fest in Durham.

Winds will be gusty Saturday morning, Fishel said, and Saturday's highs will struggle to reach the 70s despite abundant sunshine.

On Sunday morning, clear skies will allow low temperatures to dip into the 40s across the bulk of the Triangle. Areas close to the Virginia border could fall into the upper 30s.

"It is going to be quite chilly Sunday morning, and we won't warm up all that much despite our sunny skies," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "Highs will be in the mid-60s, so break out the long sleeve shirts and light jackets."

Sunday's cool temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees below normal for early October.

"This weekend will give us a true taste of fall," Maze said.

Sunshine stays put early in the week, and daytime highs will climb back into the mid-70s. After the cool Sunday morning, overnight lows will stay in the low 50s through the middle of next week.