First Alert Weather: First comes the rain then comes the cold
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Rain chances and intensity increase through Thursday as an intensifying coastal low races parallels the U.S east coast. Very cold air rushes in as we dry out heading into Friday.
THURSDAY: Widespread rain will soak the coast for much of the day, and even press showers inland past the I-95 vein. High temperatures will rise into the mid 50s despite the complete lack of sunshine. Rainfall totals should be less than an inch near I-95 to over two inches at the coast. Shower chances should taper off after midnight as the low pulls away. Lows by Friday morning will be near freezing as a dry Arctic airmass rushes in behind the low.
FRIDAY: Frigid high pressure on the back side of this system couples with the exploding low off the northeast U.S. coast to bring a very cold and windy day to southeast NC. Expect highs barely over 40 and lows will plummet to near 20 for the start of Saturday. Afternoon wind chills will be in the low 30's Friday afternoon thanks to a northerly breeze at 12-18 mph.
WEEKEND: Saturday expect daytime highs in the upper 40s and lows near 40 Sunday morning. A new cold front may bring scattered showers Sunday and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs Sunday will briefly surge into the upper 60's.
NEXT WEEK: Sunday's mild weather won't last! Another Arctic cold front moves through on Monday. Highs will fall from the mid 50's Monday to the upper 30's on Wednesday. More lows in the 20's are expected Monday and Tuesday night. Look for sunny to partly sunny conditions with a slim shower shot on Monday.
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