WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - We are less than one week away from Thanksgiving. On this Friday before Thanksgiving it is sunny but high temperatures are running on the cool side, about five degrees below normal. However starting tomorrow and leading up to Thanksgiving southeast North Carolina will see a warming trend that will carry us through the holiday. After that it appears we may see our first real preview of winter weather into next weekend.
Over the weekend a strong high will settle into New England. Morning lows will be on the chilly side, especially Saturday morning as they will drop into low and mid 30's. However afternoon highs will revert to more seasonable levels in the upper 60's, maybe close to 70 on Sunday. Sunny skies are likely both days.
Early next week a powerful cold front (Arctic in nature) will move from the upper midwest towards the Gulf coast. Rain and possibly some strong thunderstorms ahead of the front could cause airport delays from the Ohio valley to the Gulf coast. Across the U.S. midwest snow could be an issue. Meanwhile in southeast North Carolina our highs will soar from near 70 Monday to the mid 70's on Wednesday. Lots of sun is expected through Wednesday and smooth travel is expected in the Carolinas prior to Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving day is likely to be a transition day as clouds move in ahead of the strong cold front. As of now it looks like the front will lack moisture so areas of light rain along with mostly cloudy skies are the most likely scenerio. By Black Friday we are on the other side of the front and highs will likely plunge into the 50's for and it should be quite breezy. Sub freezing lows are likely next Friday night and by Saturday we maybe talking about some highs in the 40's! Welcome to our first taste of winter!