Rain comes, leaves, returns with warm, then plunging, temps

January 17, 2019

The week’s weather is about to get some whiplash.

Thursday morning was in the 20s and 30s in central North Carolina, with clear skies and calm winds.

A low-pressure system will bring some rain from the Mississippi Valley on Thursday night, but that system clears, and Friday is expected to be dry, bright and mild, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

“Friday looks like the nicest day in our seven-day forecast,” she said.

But another low-pressure system is coming toward the state from the West Coast.

“Over the weekend, this one’s going to be a little bit jucier, and it’ll bring us a more long-term chance of rain,” Gardner said.

Rain will hit Saturday night but clear out by Sunday afternoon. Saturday and Sunday will be in the high 60s.

Monday will be much colder, with highs in the mid-30s. It will be partly cloudy, so there aren’t concerns about wintry precipitation.

Temperatures will climb back up to the high 50s and low 60s by Wednesday.

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