Skies to clear Thursday

Posted January 12, 2012 10:57 a.m. EST

— Skies will begin to clear Thursday across central North Carolina following a cold front that brought rain to the Triangle and Wednesday.

Highs Thursday will continue to run 10-15 degrees above January averages, with most areas in the Triangle seeing temperatures in the low to mid 60s.

"Our skies have started to clear out a bit this morning," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "It'll be a warm afternoon, but it will be windy. We could see gusts up to 30 miles per hour in some spots."

Variably cloudy skies will clear for good Thursday night into Friday morning as temperatures fall back into the low 30s to start the final day of the work week. Highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday will also be back to normal, topping out in the upper 40s to near 50.

Overnight lows will dip into the 20s Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

"Our temperatures have been well above normal for the past several weeks, but we'll see some of that cold air starting Friday," Gardner said. "It will also be dry for the next seven days."