WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - After a brief warm up Sunday and Monday, old man winter will return in a big way by Monday night and stick around for much of the week.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and not too cool with lows in the mid 50's. Expect a southwest breeze at 5 to 10 miles per hour.
MONDAY: Prior to the arrival of an Arctic cold front we will see increasing clouds and highs approaching 65 by noon. There could be a few scattered showers and possibly even a thunderstorm in advance of the front. Temperatures will plummet Monday evening behind the cold front as lows plunge into the low to mid 30's. Rainfall chances will be highest behind the front (60%).
Most of the precipitation will be rain, however north of Wilmington we can't rule out the possibility of some sleet or freezing rain mixing in late Monday night into early Tuesday morning. Little or no ice accumulation is expected but we will monitor the latest forecasts closely for any changes. Significant ice or snow accumulation maybe possible just to our north (it will be a close call in southeast North Carolina). Precipitation should wind down early Tuesday.
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: Any leftover precipitation will quickly wind down Tuesday morning. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies both day. It will be unseasonably cool with highs topping out in the low 40's Tuesday to near 50 Wednesday. Lows will hover near freezing.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: A more potent storm will affect the area by the end of the week. This system may eventually develop into a coastal low with significant amounts of rain likely. Rain chance is 70% Thursday and 50% Friday. Highs: mid 50's Thursday and near 60 Friday.
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