Wednesday starts cold but it's not the week's 'big chill'

Posted December 7, 2016 5:53 a.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2016 6:16 a.m. EST

— After a moping band of rain moved through the Triangle on Tuesday, Wednesday will be mostly dry ahead of a cold front that will bring sub-freezing temperatures.

The temperatures in towns around Raleigh started Wednesday morning in the 30s and 40s. But, even though it started cooler than the same time on Tuesday, it is not the coldest day of the week.

"This is not the big chill, not the big blast of cold air that we're waiting on," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The fresh cold front will push a quick blip of precipitation all the way across the state on Thursday, Gardner said, but it will be rain by the time it gets to Raleigh in the early afternoon—even though it could bring snow all the way into the North Carolina mountains.

"But don't be surprised if the temperatures start to fall pretty steadily, even before the sun sets," Gardner said. "We typically don't see the temperatures going down until after sunset, but that cold air is going to come blasting in behind that front."

The front will make Friday, Saturday and Sunday some of the coldest days so far this season: The lowest temperature of the weekend will be 23 degrees on Saturday morning.