Weekend forecast: Wet and cold

Posted March 13, 2009 9:14 a.m. EDT

— Rain and cooler temperatures moved into the Triangle Friday morning – and they will linger for the weekend.

As much as 1.77 inches of rain could fall in Raleigh by Monday morning, and as much as an inch in Fayetteville before the areas dry out, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Temperatures are expected to hold steady in the upper 30s to lower 40s throughout Central North Carolina.

"Saturday's the day we'll have the bulk of the rain, but we could still see some spotty showers Sunday into Monday," Gardner said.

That's when the rain moves out of the area, and temperatures climb closer to normal.

"It looked like it would really hang on with cool weather until the middle of next week, but now it looks like we should start warming up a little bit by Sunday or Monday," Gardner said.

Sunday's high should be in the mid-50s, and by Wednesday, the high could reach 70 degrees.