Warm, wet weather is short-lived

Posted January 1, 2011 8:23 p.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2011 11:21 a.m. EST

— A warm, wet weekend will give way to cold front pushing dramatically cooler temperatures and drier air across North Carolina Sunday.

"Wintertime around here, you can make such big changes from one week to next, even one day to the next. We're going to see some of that around here," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

After a day in which temperatures spiked to 69 degrees in Fayetteville, Sunday started with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees.

The warm-up, though, will be "short-lived, and we've got a cool week ahead," Moss said.

The unseasonable warmth will linger until about mid-day Sunday when a cold front moving east begins to make itself felt.

Through the afternoon, temperatures – and patchy sprinkles and light rain showers – will fall. "You may have to dodge some raindrops from time to time," Moss said.

Skies will start to clear in the evening, and overnight, temperatures will plummet to around 30 degrees.

"We're likely to start off Monday morning 25 to 30 degrees colder" than Sunday morning, Moss said.

The first work week of 2011 will have plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper 40s.