Two more cold days before spring temperatures return
Near-freezing temperatures in Raleigh overnight were quite a shock after a weekend in the 70s. “The colder air is back again, but just for a couple of days,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
A freeze warning was in effect for multiple central North Carolina counties, including Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, Nash and Moore until 9 a.m.
While frost is unlikely, pets and sensitive plants should be kept indoors during the unusually cold temperatures.
Highs on Monday will be in the low to mid 50s, about 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of year, according to Gardner. Another freeze advisory will be possible Monday night, as lows could dip into the 30s again.
Some rain is possible for Tuesday, which will be cloudy and colder than Monday, with highs in the upper 40s as a coastal low passes along the coastline.
“It will feel like winter,” said Gardner.
According to Gardner, more rain is expected east of the Triangle, while Raleigh and areas northwest will have a lesser chance for rain. Any rain that does fall will be cold, making for a messy day.
Tuesday night will not be as chilly as the two nights before it, with lows in the 40s. Finally, Wednesday will be warm and sunny again, with a high around 68 degrees in Raleigh. According to Gardner, pleasant temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s will carry the Triangle into the weekend.
Some rain will be possible again on Friday.