Blustery conditions bring cold, dry air to Triangle

Posted January 13, 2012 6:29 a.m. EST

— Howling winds associated with a passing cold front roared through the Triangle in the early morning hours Friday, bringing with them cold, dry air that will set up shop in the area throughout much the next week, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour downed some limbs and knocked out power to about 4,700 homes in the area, but didn't cause any major problems. 

"It was very gusty out there last night," Gardner said. "Winds were steady in the 20s and gusted up to about 40 in some spots. At this point, the winds that have the potential to knock down trees and power lines have moved out of the Raleigh area."

Breezy conditions will stick around throughout the day Friday and will make highs in the mid to upper 40s feel more like upper 30s.

"Winds have already died down, and that will continue, Gardner said about 6 a.m. "That will continue, but it's still gusty out and those winds will make it feel colder than it is." 

Cold air behind the passing cold front will settle in during the day Friday and stick around throughout the weekend and bulk of next week, with highs for much of that time period topping out in the upper 40s and low 50s. 

Lows Friday, Saturday and Sunday will dip into the low 30s and upper 20s in some spots, Gardner said.

"Temperatures will be a little closer to normal for this time of year," she said.

Skies will remain clear throughout the weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday before another chance of rain comes in Tuesday.