First Alert Forecast: first of two pre-Thanksgiving cold fronts arrives tonight

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 1:49 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 8:59 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Hello late on this Thursday! Just ahead of a cold front, skies will be variably cloudy, a passing sprinkle or light shower is possible in a few spots, and breezes will shift to the north once the front passes by. Clouds should gradually decrease just in time for the early Friday morning near-total lunar eclipse just after 4 AM.

By daybreak Friday, the cold front will have passed and winds will have shifted to the northwest. Expect a dry and cooler day with early temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s and afternoon highs in the 60s instead of 70s. And keep your weekend plans intact as seasonably crisp conditions will support you then!

Another cold front - a very strong one - is likely to pass early in the week of Thanksgiving. Tuesday temperatures, for example, will operate in the nippy 30s and 40s, to, at most, 50s. Needed rain showers are possible, but not a guarantee, in the transition, with chances of 10% Sunday night, 30% Monday, and 10% Monday night.

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Lastly: new tropical storm development remains unlikely in the Atlantic Basin right through this weekend.

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