WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A pesky coastal tough moves up the North Carolina coastline today and tomorrow making for an unsettled couple of days with wide forecast differences depending on one's proximity to the coast. Inland locations will still be under the guise of cloudy and cool high pressure with temperatures in the 50s. Temperatures along the coast will surge into the mid 60s as much warmer air under the trough moves ashore. But the progression inland of this wet and warm air mass is what is giving forecasters problems.
Some models push the warm air as far inland as Raleigh. Others leave it just off of the coast. Considering the high pressure set up over the I-95 corridor the warm and wet air will likely make it inland, but not very far. That means while rain and warmer conditions are likely at Wrightsville Beach and downtown Wilmington, places like Whiteville and Bladenboro may not see a drop of rain, and will likely stay in the 50s all day.
Saturday morning this trough starts to pull north, dragging rain across the same coastal locations. Highs will move toward 70 for coastal and inland locations as the trough moves toward the Outer Banks. Drier air moves in on Sunday making it the pick day of the weekend, if not the week, with highs pushing into the mid 70s.
Another, more seasonable, cold front moves at us late Monday into Tuesday bringing rain chances and colder weather.
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