Temperatures will dip as rain falls Wednesday

Posted December 19, 2017 7:12 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 9:55 a.m. EDT

— Those who were able to get outside Tuesday enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine, but things will feel drastically different by Wednesday morning.

Temperatures on Tuesday reached about 70 degrees in the Triangle, but temperatures will only reach the mid-50s on Wednesday as the sunshine is replaced with clouds and rain.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said rain will start falling before the morning commute and is expected to last throughout the day. The region could see about 1.5 inches of rain before the system moves out Wednesday evening, he said.

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Rain may also pose a problem this weekend for those traveling by plane or by car to visit family members for the holiday.

While precipitation won't start falling in Raleigh until Saturday night, a system that is currently over the Pacific Northwest will make it's way toward North Carolina and create a mess.

"If you're traveling Saturday, flying out to a destination through the northeast, through the Ohio Valley and parts of the south, you are going to run into rain," Maze said.

The rain will stick around the Triangle through Sunday and temperatures are expected to get colder in time for Christmas on Monday, Maze said.

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