Chilly but pleasant weekend ahead

January 25, 2019

There’s no need to cancel outdoor plans this weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Friday and Saturday will be chilly but sunny, with temperatures in the upper 40s.

Saturday morning will be in the high 20s.

“You’re fine to go out,” Gardner said. “You just have to dress like it’s the Arctic because that’s how it will feel in the morning.

A high-pressure system was moving cold air into the state Friday.

Friday morning saw temperatures hovering in the low 30s and blustery winds.

“All the warm air from yesterday is long gone,” Gardner said.

Sunday will be more cloudy but slightly warmer, with temperatures in the low 50s.

Part of the polar vortex, which usually stays in or near Canada, will move toward the state on Wednesday night.

The expected low that day is 23 degrees, and the high is expected to be 34 degrees.

Temperatures will crawl back up to 45 degrees on Thursday.

“There’s nothing like a day near freezing to make 45 sound good,” Gardner said.

Friday marks 19 years since 23 inches of snow fell in the Triangle.

The snow and ice caused significant traffic issues. People were stuck in their cars for hours on roads because their vehicles had nowhere to go.

“It was something else,” Gardner said.

She was called into work after a night of playing in the snow.

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