Temperatures plunge this weekend before heavy rainfall hits on Monday
Posted January 20, 2021 9:09 p.m. EST
Updated January 23, 2021 7:33 a.m. EST
A cold front moved in that will deliver much chillier temperatures for Saturday and Sunday.
A breeze will make it feel even colder than what the thermometer reads. Temperatures will run about 10 degrees colder than what they would normally be for this time -- so make sure to bundle up!
Temps are going to drop to the low 20s on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said it's been a few weeks since we've felt temperatures that cold.
Highs will be in the 40s both weekend days, but despite the bitter cold, it will be bright and sunny.
But the clear weather won't be with us long. A rain system moving in by 7 a.m. on Monday could be "the biggest rainfall event we've seen in weeks," Gardner said. Temperatures will be a bit warmer on Monday, with highs in the low 50s.
Rain will be likely for much of the day on Monday, beginning in the morning and becoming heavier in the afternoon.
According to Gardner, the rain may linger until lunchtime on Tuesday, although Monday will be the wettest day by far.
"It's going to be an all-day kind of soaker event," Gardner said.
Close to the Virginia line, up to 1.5 inches of rain is expected, with less to the south.
Snow next week?
It's far too early to tell, but if conditions are right, snow is possible in North Carolina on Thursday.
As of now, we are looking at a potential for a wintry mix in our northern communities, north of the Triangle, meteorologist Peta Sheerwood said. It's too early to tell if the snow will accumulate, and turn into a snow day.
"Models are still trying to get a good handle on what will most likely happen," Sheerwood said. "We will continue to monitor the trends."