First Alert Weather: Warmer with increasing rain chances as winter begins
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Plenty of sunshine with a temperature trend that continues to soar. Expect highs in the 70s through Monday when a storm complex will bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Colder weather arrives for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Ironically, winter officially begins at 12:11pm Saturday - but temperatures will feel more like the first day of spring. Saturday's highs soar into the mid 70's with highs near 80 by Sunday. Saturday night and Sunday night lows will only dip into the low and mid 60's. Rain chance is slim Saturday but isolated showers are more likely with increasing clouds late Sunday. Unseasonably warm!!!
MONDAY: A potent storm with a trailing cold front could bring a lot of showers and possibly some thunderstorms to the area prior to Christmas. There could be a small risk of a strong or severe thunderstorms with damaging winds. Ahead of the front highs will reach the low 70's.
CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY: Some lingering showers are possible Tuesday morning with clearing during the afternoon. Cold high pressure building from the west will drop afternoon highs into the mid 50's Tuesday. Christmas Day will be sunny and chilly with highs in the upper 40's. Lows Tuesday and Wednesday night will be in the low 30's. Cold as it should be for Santa!
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and cool with highs in the low 50's. Expect chilly nighttime lows in the mid 30's.
WHITE CHRISTMAS WATCH: Though temperatures are likely to trend toward cooler levels for Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, the chance of a White Christmas is near 0% this year. The chance of a White Christmas in any given year in southeastern North Carolina is 1 - 2%.
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