RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Freeze Warning remains in effect for central North Carolina through 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Temperatures have already fallen into the middle 20s to low 30s across the area. Unharvested crops and any sensitive plants left outdoors will be severely damaged or killed. This will be the coldest temperatures since last March, nearly eight months ago.
The weekend will be dry, but cool. Skies will be sunny on Saturday with highs only in the upper 40s. Our normal high temperature for this time of year is about 65. Sunday will have increasing clouds, but it won’t be as cold with highs reaching the mid to upper 50s. Lows on Sunday morning, however, will drop to around or just below freezing in most areas.
The next weather maker will be a cold front that will move through the state Sunday night into Monday. A few showers will be possible late Sunday night into early Monday morning.
Behind that system, high pressure will build back in and it will turn mostly sunny next Tuesday through Thursday with temperatures gradually warming.
Saturday will be sunny and chilly. The high will be near 48. Winds will be northeast 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday Night will be mostly clear and cold. The overnight low will be 30. Winds will be light out of the northeast.
Sunday will have increasing clouds. The high will be 58. Winds will be light and variable. There will be a chance of a shower late Sunday night.
Monday will have a few showers in the morning, followed by clearing skies in the afternoon. The high will be near 58, after a morning low of 42. The rain risk will be 40 percent.
Tuesday will be sunny. The high will be 58, after a morning low of 38.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny. The high will be around 60, after a morning low of 37.
Thursday will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy. The high will be 62, after a morning low of 41.
Friday will be partly cloudy and warmer. The high will be 64, after a morning low of 45.
This forecast was prepared by the CBS North Carolina weather team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smart phone apps.