Raleigh, N.C. — Sun warmed the skies over the Triangle around lunchtime on Friday, but temperatures will plummet overnight to possibly bring the first freeze of the season.
The mercury climbed into the mid-50s at lunchtime in Raleigh, but it won’t be long until the drop comes.
“That colder air is definitely coming,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “We have a freeze warning—the first one of the season—for tonight. We’ll likely have freezing temperatures again tomorrow.”
The low temperature will drop to 29 degrees early Saturday morning, and dip to 31 leading into Sunday. The normal low for this time of year is 42 degrees.
Morning lows will warm up a bit in the early part of next week—settling in the 40s on Monday and Tuesday.
“Our cold front has pushed through and the cold air will spend a lot of time filtering into our area today,” Gardner said. “After that, it looks cold and cold, and continued cold. Our temperature trend into (next week) is still looking at temperatures cooler than normal.”
After days of gray, drizzly skies, though, the sun is coming out. The next chance of rain comes on Sunday into Monday morning, but Gardner said that’s only a 25 percent chance.
The Raleigh Veterans Day Parade will kick off with cold air but sunny skies on Saturday morning. The temperature at the parade’s 9 a.m. start time will be around 34 degrees, and the air will warm to the low 40s by noon.
The Triangle Chili Challenge in Cary on Sunday will have slightly warmer noon temperatures in the high 40s and an afternoon high in the mid-50s.