RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Its been a bitterly cold start to 2018 so far and the sub-freezing temperatures will continue through Sunday afternoon. The freezing streak started at 2 am on Sunday morning and with high temperatures in the low 30s expected on Sunday, that streak will finally come to an end.
A Black Advisory remains in effect until noon on Saturday. While most of the main highways are dry and clear, many secondary roads, especially those that are shady are still snow and ice covered.
A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for central North Carolina until 10 AM Saturday. Wind chills could drop to near zero in many areas. At those temperatures, exposed skin will become cold and after prolonged exposure, hypothermia or frost bite could occur.
High pressure will build in from the west Saturday and Sunday, leading to sunny skies but continued cold temperatures with highs on Saturday struggling to reach 30. After a start in the single-digits Sunday morning, temperatures Sunday afternoon should finally climb above freezing.
By Monday, skies will become mostly cloudy in advance of our next weather maker, a weak wave of low pressure. Fortunately, temperatures will warm into the 40s on Monday On Monday night into Tuesday morning, temperatures will stay above freezing during the time as some spotty rain might fall. Any rain will clear out Tuesday afternoon and by Wednesday, skies should be mostly sunny with highs in the low 50s.
Saturday will be sunny but still very cold. The high will be 28. Winds will be northwest 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night will be clear and very cold. The overnight low will be 9. Winds will be light out of the north.
Sunday will be mostly sunny. The high will be 34. Winds will be light out of the south.
Monday will become mostly cloudy and it will not be as cold.. The high will be 46, after a morning low of 19. A few showers are possible Monday night. The rain risk Monday night will be 20 percent.
Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a bit of rain possible early in the day. The high will be 54, after the morning low of 34. The rain risk will be 20 percent.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny. The high will be 52, after a morning low of 30.
Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a shower possible. The high will be 59, after a morning low of 35. The rain risk will be 30 percent.
Next Friday will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers. The high will be 64, after a morning low of 47. The rain risk will be 40 percent.