Warm & dry through Tuesday, powerful cold front Wednesday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – After a chilly start to the weekend on Saturday in central North Carolina, Sunday will be much warmer as sunshine returns.

High pressure will build into the region Sunday into Monday, leading to mostly sunny skies and high temperatures back in the low and mid 50s.

Tuesday will be the warmest day of the week with highs climbing into the upper 60s to near 70 in some spots ahead of a powerful cold front.  A few showers will be possible Tuesday evening as that front pushes across the state from the west.  Shower chances increase overnight and into Wednesday as the cold front moves through the area.  Highs on Wednesday will drop into the 50s.

By Thursday, much colder air will move in behind the front.  High temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 40s with partly sunny skies.

On Friday, a coastal low pressure system will develop and move up the coast.  That will bring more clouds and the chance of some showers to central North Carolina.  It will be quite chilly

with highs only in the mid 40s Friday afternoon.  That low should pull away to our northeast Friday night.  As it departs, a couple of flurries will be possible, especially for areas north and northeast of the Triangle.  Drier but much colder air will be around for Saturday.  Temperatures will start out in the 20s Saturday morning and highs will just make it into the middle 40s, despite sunny skies.

Sunday will become mostly sunny.  The high will be 63.  Winds will be north-northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday Night will be clear and cool.  The overnight low will be 38. Winds will be light out of the northeast.

Monday will be sunny.  The high will be 61.  Winds will be east around 5 mph.

Tuesday will have increasing clouds with a slight risk of an evening shower.  The high will be 67, after a morning low of 43. The rain risk will be 20 percent.

Wednesday will be cloudy with showers likely.  The high will be 55, after a morning low 51.   The rain risk will be 70 percent.

Thursday will be partly sunny.  The high will be 48, after a morning low of 33.

Friday will be mostly cloudy with a bit of rain possible.  The high will be 45, after a morning low of 32.  The rain risk will be 30 percent.

Saturday will be clearing and cold.  The high will be 46, after a morning low of 29.

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.

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