Sun, quiet weather to end weekend

Posted November 16, 2008 8:43 a.m. EST
Updated November 16, 2008 9:07 a.m. EST

— Sun, cool temperatures and quiet conditions will end a wild weather weekend that saw tornadoes in eastern North Carolina and snow flurries in the mountains.

"If it seems a lot different than yesterday, that's because it is," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said.

Temperatures on Sunday will be about 20 degrees lower than those on Saturday. In the Triangle, the high will be around 53 degrees and the low around 42 degrees.

"We've had a really big air mass change since yesterday," Moss said. "We had that kind of warm, unstable air mass to kick off the weekend, help contribute to severe storms yesterday morning and then some showers a little yesterday as well."

A high-pressure system stretching across the southeast from Texas will keep things sunny and dry through Monday – a change from the past two days, which saw nearly 1.5 inches of rain fall in Raleigh and 2.23 in Fayetteville.

Then, on Tuesday, a fresh cold front will slip in, lowering temperatures more.

"It looks like temperatures are going to step down another eight or nine degrees for a chilly week," Moss said. "It should be pretty nice out ahead of (the front), but behind, as we get into Tuesday, we'll see stiff, northerly winds and even colder air coming into the region."

The high will fall into the mid 40s and the low into the low 20s Tuesday.

Throughout the work week, the Triangle region will continue to see "temperatures a little more reminiscent of January, as opposed to mid November."