Raleigh, N.C. — The cool down is now in effect. But it won’t feel like winter for too long.
After some record and near-record highs on Thursday (it was 81 in Fayetteville), we’re in for two days with much colder temperatures. In fact, we can expect a hard freeze Friday night and into Saturday morning and another cold Saturday night before temps begin to rise again.
Expect to see lots of clouds Friday morning with a morning temperature around 42, though meteorologist Mike Maze said windy conditions will make it feel like it’s in the 30s. Sunshine will raise the temps to around 50 before a hard freeze hits the area Friday night.
Maze said cold air from the north will be in the area but we won’t get the full effect like some areas north of us. Temperatures in the Triangle Friday night will be in the 20s with Raleigh around 24 and Roxboro around 21, just to name a few places.
“We’ll see two quick days of winter before it warms back into the 60s on Sunday,” Maze said.
Saturday will be warmer but Saturday night will be at or near freezing again. Fans of warmer weather will be pleased to know that the cold weather this weekend will be very brief, and spring-like temperatures will be back next week.