February 8: Clearing and Cooler


Yesterday’s rain has moved out…but so have yesterday’s mild temperatures. We’ll see clearing skies overhead today, with highs only in the upper 40s and low 50s this afternoon:
With clear skies overhead most of tonight, temperatures will drop off quickly. It will be chilly if you’re heading out to the “Battle of the Blues” in Chapel Hill this evening:
And we’ll end up below freezing in most locations by early Friday morning:
Plenty of sunshine for most of the day Friday, with southerly winds helping boost temperatures about 10 degrees above today’s highs:
This time of year, warm air is usually wet as well, and this weekend will certainly be evidence of that. The first round of showers moves in after midnight Friday night, and it looks like we’ll be pretty soggy to start the day Saturday:

That forecast model (the RPM, if you’re curious…or even if you’re not) thinks that Saturday won’t be a complete washout. We might be able to catch a few mostly-dry hours from late Saturday morning through the afternoon:
Still, be very flexible with any outdoor plans — in this type of unsettled weather pattern, rain will be possible at any point from Friday night through the middle of next week:
Those warm weekend temperatures will support a chance of thunderstorms, but at this point I’m not concerned about severe weather.

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