First Alert Weather: blast of arctic air likely midweek! - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

First Alert Weather: blast of arctic air likely midweek!

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An arctic cold front will pass through the area late Tuesday. Following it, by far the coldest air of the autumn season so far will pour into the area! Temperatures will gradually moderate to late in the week and the weekend.

MONDAY NIGHT: Expect mostly clear skies and light winds - mainly from the north or west. Temperatures will dip to lows mainly in the upper 30s and lower 40s for inland areas and middle and upper 40s for the beaches.

TUESDAY: Expect variable clouds. Temperatures will sneak into the upper 50s and lower 60s early in the afternoon before crashing back through the 50s late in the afternoon. North or northwest winds will grow to 15mph+ speeds late. Afternoon shower chance: 20%.

TUESDAY NIGHT: An evening shower or even a stray flurry is possible. Otherwise, expect rapid clearing. Bundle up! cold north winds will occasionally gust more than 30mph, temperatures will plummet to the 30s, and wind chills could sink even lower.

WEDNESDAY: Despite sun, Wednesday will be very cold. Morning temperatures: 30s. Morning wind chill values: 10s and 20s! Afternoon high temperatures: mainly upper 40s. Average mid-November highs are in the upper 60s!

EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: Widespread freezing or near-freezing temperatures are likely Wednesday night, but sunshine should allow temperatures to rebound to the 50s for Thursday and 60s Friday. The weekend looks mild (60s and even 70s) with scattered showers becoming a possibility.

TROPICS: The tropical Atlantic Basin should remain quiet for the next five days. 

First Alert Meteorologists Gannon Medwick, Colin Hackman, Eric Davis, and Iisha Scott will keep you updated.

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