Cooler, calmer weather coming Wednesday

Posted December 26, 2011 4:20 p.m. EST
Updated December 27, 2011 4:08 p.m. EST

— A strong cold front that brought rainy, windy conditions across the Triangle Tuesday will be replaced with a cooler, calmer day Wednesday.

A moisture-filled low pressure system moved in from Tennessee and Georgia earlier Tuesday, bringing heavy rain at times and tornado watches in Wilson, Wayne, Sampson and Edgecombe counties, which were canceled by 3 p.m.

"From the Triangle area west, we don't have that risk of severe weather, but we do have gusty conditions and will have some locally heavy rain," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We could end up with a half an inch to an inch of rain by the time this is all done Tuesday afternoon."

Cold air will come cruising in Wednesday, as the temperature dips to 50 degrees.

"Tomorrow, the winds will begin to die down a little bit," Gardner said.

"High pressure will build in overnight and give us some gorgeous weather for the latter half of the week," she added.

Thursday's high will climb into the mid 50s, and Friday will see low 60s. New Year's Eve will see a high of about 59 degrees, and New Year's Day will be in the low 60s.

"It's a nice-looking holiday weekend," Gardner said.