A mild end to 2007, and an arctic blast coming in for mid week!
Good morning, and a good New Year's Eve Day to you. Our past weekend's rainstorm brought about 2" to central North Carolina which was delightful news considering our exceptional drought. We are still over 7" below normal in our yearly precipitation in Raleigh, more than that in other areas, so we need to continue to watch our water useage.
Our 30-year average high for December 31st is 50 degrees. We'll surpass that by almost 10 degrees this afternoon as high pressure dominates our weather for the day.
We'll have just a few clouds overhead as we ring in the new year (lows tonight near 40) and a few more clouds overhead as we approach sunrise January 1st.
A cold front will pass over NC Tuesday, and the mountains will have temperatures drop through the day with a chance of snow showers. We will have some clouds over the rest of the state but the front is expected to pass without any precipitation.
Then, the second punch....a secondary front will usher in much colder air Tuesday night into Wednesday. That might trigger some light flurries over Central North Carolina but the big news will be the temperatures we have for a few days this week!
Wednesday's highs will struggle to reach 40 and Thursday morning will have temperatures near 20 with highs again near 40.
It will be over the weekend before we see overnight lows above freezing and highs above 50.
Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy New Year!