Sunny, windy Friday ahead

Posted February 25, 2011 7:59 a.m. EST
Updated February 25, 2011 3:20 p.m. EST

— Weather in North Carolina will take some quick turns this weekend.

Friday began blustery and warm as a line of rain showers moved east across the state. 

"Some folks got some, but most of our viewing area didn’t end up seeing much rain," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

By noon, it was sunny and warmer, with temperatures expected to reach around 70 degrees.

Meanwhile, southwesterly winds will blow at more than 20 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph.

"We could have some tree branches down, with some isolated power outages," Gardner said.

Progress Energy representatives said they believe a small brush fire started and a tree fell on a transmission line in Wilson, knocking out power to more than 14,000 residents on Friday afternoon. Power was restored around 3 p.m. 

Saturday will be very different than Friday – mostly sunny, with a high in the mid 50s and a low in the mid 30s.

The weather will take another turn on Sunday. Clouds will return, along with the wind and warmth.

By Monday, the high will be in the mid 70s.