Weekend sunshine will give way to gray Christmas

Posted December 21, 2012 9:00 p.m. EST
Updated December 22, 2012 8:13 a.m. EST

— After a sunny but bitterly cold Saturday, temperatures will climb through Christmas Day, eliminating any chance for a white Christmas in central and eastern North Carolina, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. 

High pressure moving into the area from the south and west should deliver gorgeous weather Saturday, Moss said, but it will still be rather cold and windy, making temperatures in the upper 40s feel like 30s through most of the afternoon. 

"The winds aren't as gusty as they were Friday, but we could see sustained speeds between 10 and 20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph," he said. "Those winds will start to taper off later as we go through the day."

By Christmas Eve, the next precipitation-generating system moves closer, bringing with it a chance for light showers in the afternoon. Highs will climb into the mid-50s. 

Christmas Day looks dry but cloudy with a forecast high of 58 degrees. 

Even the western part of the state, which has seen snow already this season, will be see warmer temperatures by mid-week with highs in the 50s.