A high-pressure system moving in from the west will bring winds out of the north and northwest over the next two days, carrying cold air from the Great Lakes and Ohio River valley into central North Carolina.
"Most of our viewing area is not likely to drop below freezing overnight (Thursday). We're just not likely to see the cold air arriving that quickly," WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Gardner predicted patchy frost across the region Thursday night before a hard freeze Friday night and Saturday night. Lows Thursday were expected to be in the low 30s, while lows Friday and Saturday were expected to drop into the mid-20s.
Temperatures are expected to moderate on Sunday and early next week, as the high-pressure system moves past the area.