Warmer temps coming to NC in time for Thanksgiving

Posted November 25, 2015 6:43 a.m. EST
Updated November 25, 2015 6:45 a.m. EST

— Daytime high temperatures will remain below normal on one of the busiest travel days of the year, but by the time turkeys hit the table on Thursday, much warmer conditions will have arrived across North Carolina.

"We're really looking at some very nice days ahead as high pressure parks over the eastern half of the U.S.," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Sunshine will mix with clouds on Wednesday, and highs will top out in the upper 50s.

Overnight lows will be more moderate heading into Thanksgiving Day, only dropping into the low 40s instead of upper 20s.

By Thursday afternoon, sunshine will help push high temperatures into the mid-60s.

The same pattern will be in place on Black Friday and again on Saturday, when highs will be in the mid-to upper-60s.

"If you're doing some shopping Friday, maybe plan to do some of it outside. It's going to be gorgeous," Gardner said.

Sunshine will remain in place on Saturday before clouds begin to thicken a bit to close out the holiday weekend. With the clouds, temperatures will also cool off a bit on Sunday, climbing into the mid-50s.

By early next week, some parts of the region could see a shower or two.