Sunday, February 10, 2008

Red Flag Warning Sunday, Cooler Weather for Monday

What a delightful weekend!

We've had such mild weather, how spoiled are we for a February in North Carolina!

Today a second cold front passes by and it will be a dry passage once again. Our very low relative humidities paired with sustained winds of 20-25 mph (gust potential of 35-40mph) are bringing a very high risk for wildfires. That being the case, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning til 9 tonight.

Sunday's cold front is the leading edge of some pretty chilly air. Under clear skies tonight, our lows will be able to drop into the mid 20s. Winds will also diminish to lower speeds so once we get up and head out tomorrow morning, wind chill will be less of a factor.

The first day of the work-week will be so sunny but it will be chilly with highs in the mid to upper 40s.

The back side of that system will steer southerly winds our way for Tuesday and warm us back up in short order. We'll get right back up into the 50s to 60s . Even more delightful, a chance for rain will come our way for mid week.

Here's Tuesday's map and the storm system we see affecting areas around Arkansas and Missouri is what we're anticipating for NC Late Tuesday into wednesday. The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center is predicting rainfall total estimates for central NC of about a half of an inch, with heavier rainfalls over the mountains and along the coast. The prediction has changed over the past few days, so we'll continue to monitor this and keep you updated the closer we get to the actual rain event.

Enjoy the sunny Sunday!

Pati Darak,

Meteorologist, News 14 Carolina

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