Spring-like temps and sunny skies on tap for weekend

Posted February 10, 2011 1:56 p.m. EST
Updated February 10, 2011 6:06 p.m. EST

— In North Carolina, it can seem to take only a few days to go from winter to spring.

North Carolinians awoke to snow flurries and cloudy skies Thursday, but by the weekend, they will be basking in sunny, spring-like weather.

The sun returned by noon Thursday, marking the start of a slow warm-up.

"Our warm-up will be a bit gradual. It’ll still be chilly kind of this afternoon, with temperatures in the mid 40s," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Temperatures will remain chilly with highs in the upper teens to low 20s on Friday morning, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. 

During the day Friday, temperatures will gradually increase with highs pushing the 50-degree mark.

By the weekend, the warm-up will be unmistakable.

Saturday will get a high around 50 degrees, and on Sunday, the mercury will break the 60-degree mark. Spring-like highs are on tap into the start of next week and throughout the rest of the seven-day forecast.

Skies will also stay sunny during that time.

"It's beautiful, but we could use some rain," Gardner said. "It doesn't look like we'll see any rain between now and next Thursday."