WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A challenging forecast over the next several days as we are heading for some of the coldest temperatures we've seen this season Friday morning.
Today we will actually see temperatures zip into the upper 40s and low 50s immediately ahead of another dry shot of Arctic air. This will not only send temperatures free falling past freezing tonight, but also add an uncomfortable driving northwesterly wind for late Thursday through Friday making it feel like is in the teens for the Friday morning commute.
While the cold temperatures will be the headline, the obvious sub-story is the chance of wintery mixed precipitation Friday afternoon through late Friday night. While widespread accumulation of snow is expected along the North Carolina Virginia line, for folks in our area we are expecting to have a small window of sleet or freezing rain through the I-95 corridor on Friday afternoon. Then, as this disturbance pushes east warmer air will help to change light snow and sleet into 100% rain.
Bladen, Columbus and perhaps the northwest corner of Pender Counties could see a small amount of sleet/freezing rain, but little ground accumulation. New Hanover and Brunswick will likely see only liquid precipitation.
Gradual warming is expected through the weekend with highs getting close to the 60s by Monday and close to the 70s by Wednesday.
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