Thursday, March 15, 2007

Changes Ahead...

Don't get too used to this week's warm weather. Rain and cooler temperatures are on the way for the end of the week.

Highs soared to near 80 across much of the region on Wednesday. Here's a look at some selected high temperatures across central North Carolina --
  • Burlington: 82
  • Asheboro: 81
  • Fayetteville: 81
  • Goldsboro: 81
  • Greensboro: 81
  • Raleigh-Durham: 81
  • Rocky Mount-Wilson: 81
  • Winston-Salem: 81
  • Smithfield: 80
  • Southern Pines: 81
  • Chapel Hill: 80
  • Lumberton: 80
  • Erwin: 79
  • Henderson-Oxford: 79
  • Mount Airy: 77

Temperatures should reach near Wednesday's highs Thursday, but this is the last of a string of warm days at least for a little while. We are watching a cold front to our north and a low pressure system along the Gulf coast that will bring our changing weather over the next 24 hours.

We should begin to see a few rain showers Thursday evening, but look for the rain to pick up overnight into Friday morning as that cold front and low pressure move across North Carolina.

We are likely to see beneficial rain from this storm system. According to rainfall data for the Raleigh-Durham Airport, the Triangle is more than 3 inches behind in rain for the year. Most computer models suggest we could have anywhere between one and two inches of rain late Thursday night and Friday.

Temperatures will drop through the day Friday. We'll more than likely have our highs in the low 60s early Friday morning. Temperatures will drop to the upper 40s by Friday afternoon as the rain comes to an end. Lows should then drop to the low 30s for Saturday morning.

The weekend forecast will remain dry, but it will be chilly for Saint Patrick's Day. Highs on Saturday may only top out near 50.

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