First Alert Weather: Warmer days then a strong weekend cold front

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Spot showers possible near the coast today through Saturday. That's when a frigid cold front moves through. Rain chances moving up for the middle of next week.

TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy with lows in the low 50's.  Watch out for patchy areas of dense fog after midnight.

FRIDAY: Expect variable clouds and the possibility of spotty to isolated showers, particularly near the coast.  A warm afternoon is expected with a light southerly breeze.  Highs will be in the mid 70's.

SATURDAY: Mild temperatures will persist with highs in the low 70's. Shower chance: 40% along the aforementioned cold front - mainly during the late afternoon and early evening.  Saturday night lows fall into the upper 30's as cold air pours into the area. 

SUNDAY AND MONDAY: Cold snap! Sunday will be sunny, breezy and very cold with afternoon highs on only reaching the mid 40's.  Sunday night a hard freeze is almost a sure bet as lows plunge into the mid 20's!  Monday will be sunny and not as breezy but still chilly with highs in the upper 40's.  Monday night's lows moderate some back into the low 30's.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: Computer models suggest a potent storm will pull out of the Gulf of Mexico with rain becoming likely late Tuesday into Wednesday.  We can safely say that there won't be enough cold air around for any frozen precipitation, however depending on the storm's track we could see a surge of warm air move in.  If this happens we may have to put thunderstorms in the forecast.

Temperature wise look for highs in the upper 50's Tuesday.  Lows Tuesday night will be in the upper 40's.  Highs Wednesday should reach the mid 60's.

THANKSGIVING DAY: Another surge of Arctic air moves in. Skies will be clearing and it will be breezy and cold!  Highs will only reach the mid 40's.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Melissa will soon become extra-tropical in the north Atlantic.  No other tropical cyclones are expected to develop over the next five days.

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

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