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First Alert Forecast: coldest air of the week comes Wednesday

A sharp cold front will plummet temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning starting in the 20s. (Source: WECT) A sharp cold front will plummet temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning starting in the 20s. (Source: WECT)
After a chilly Wednesday, daily high temperatures will moderate back to the 50s. Next best chance of showers returns next week. (Source: WECT) After a chilly Wednesday, daily high temperatures will moderate back to the 50s. Next best chance of showers returns next week. (Source: WECT)
Your Wednesday Power Planner forecast highlights sharper wind chill values n the morning compared to the afternoon Wednesday (Source: WECT) Your Wednesday Power Planner forecast highlights sharper wind chill values n the morning compared to the afternoon Wednesday (Source: WECT)
Wind chill values lighten up briefly Wednesday afternoon before picking up Wednesday night. (Source: WECT) Wind chill values lighten up briefly Wednesday afternoon before picking up Wednesday night. (Source: WECT)
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Break out the heavy coats and gloves; the coldest air of the week is expected Wednesday following the passage of a gusty cold front through the Lower Cape Fear region. Breezes based out of the northwest will present a wind chill factor from the 10s and 20s and eventually 30s.  Afternoon highs will moderate back to the 50s for the remainder of the week.

WEDNESDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Despite sun, temperatures will only likely grow to highs mainly in the lower 40s. Given continued feisty northwest winds, 20s and 30s wind chills will remain likely for most day-parts. Overnight low temperatures will fall mainly to the low 30s and with wind chills factored in, it feel like the 20s.

LONG-RANGE FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: Thursday will likely start in the 30s, finish in the 50s, and remain dry. Rain chances will increase very modestly Friday, the weekend, and early next week to 20%, 0-10%, and 30%, respectively. Daily high temperatures will 50s to at best low 60s Sunday and Monday. Low temperatures will remain in the 30s and 40s.

TROPICS: The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended November 30. Off-season tropical storm development is rare, but if a system were to develop in December, it would get the name "Sean". Take a look back at the awfully active 2017 season HERE.

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