March 5: Cold For A Few Days

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An early-March cold snap has settled into central North Carolina, and it’s going to be with us for a few days. We started off near freezing this morning, and a few flurries even tried to fall out of the clouds over the Sandhills and southern Coastal Plain. This morning’s clouds will break up this afternoon, but the emergine sunshine will only warm us up to the 40s…about 15° below-average:

With clear skies and light winds overnight, temperatures will free-fall to the 20s:

We won’t warm up much on Wednesday, despite abundant sunshine throughout the day:

We’ll start off cold again Thursday morning, but a slow warm-up will start to kick in — that warm-up will continue into the weekend. Temperatures will be warm enough for our next chance of showers on Friday to be all RAIN…no wintry shenanigans:After a break from the rain on Saturday, another round of heavier rain will move in Sunday and Sunday night. It looks like most of that will be gone by early Monday, with temperatures remaining close to normal early next week.

If you’re ready for some spring-like temperatures, there’s some good news in the long-range data — the Climate Prediction Center’s 6-10 day outlook shows a good chance of above-average temperatures:And the CPC’s 8-14 day outlook keeps that warm trend going through St. Patrick’s Day wekeend:

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