'Fabulous' Weather Expected on Christmas Eve

Posted December 23, 2007 7:15 a.m. EST
Updated December 24, 2007 6:10 a.m. EST

— Triangle residents can expect an early Christmas present Monday when "fabulous" weather rolls through the area, according to WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner.

Calm weather mixed with sunny skies will greet residents Monday morning with temperatures in the 40s, later rising to the mid 50s. Temperatures were expected to drop Monday night in the mid-30s.

Rain is not in the forecast Monday, but some light rain might fall in the southeastern part of the state on Christmas Day.

Clouds and fog permeated the region early Sunday, creating poor visibility, but gave way to rain by around mid-day. A cold front moved from western North Carolina into the Triangle region, bringing with it a wide band of showers.

By Sunday afternoon, a tenth of an inch of rain had fallen onto the Triangle.

Daylight Sunday began with temperatures across the region already in the low 50s – only a degree or two shy of the normal high for Dec. 23. At 5:30 p.m., Raleigh was at 63 degrees.

On Sunday, Raleigh had a rainfall deficit of 9.44 inches for the year. The capital city's most recent significant rainfall came last weekend when 1.2 inches fell, while Fayetteville and eastern North Carolina saw rainfall totals between half and three-quarters of an inch come down on Friday.