36 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Johnston, Wayne, and Harnett counties. Details
Published: 2009-03-06 05:26:00
Updated: 2009-03-06 19:42:12
Posted March 6, 2009 5:26 a.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2009 7:42 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — The weekend promises just about perfect weather, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Friday.
Even greater warming and dry weather are ahead for the weekend, when Daylight Saving Time returns and clocks "spring ahead" at 2 a.m. Sunday, too.
Surface and upper-level high pressure will keep warm, southerly breezes flowing into North Carolina through the weekend, raising temperatures to unseasonable highs. It will be a little bit cooler at the coast, Fishel said, because cool water temperatures have a moderating effect even when it gets warmer inland
"If you are planning anything outdoors that requires the weather being dry and warm, then this is the perfect weekend for you," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
The pleasant weather will stick around to start the workweek. "Monday's not going to be too shabby either," Fishel said.
"It is really not going to cool off until the end of next week," he said.
By the end of next week, though, more seasonable conditions for March should return on the heels of a cold front that could bring some rain.