First Alert Forecast: gradually milder midweek, winter blasts back Friday

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 2:07 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 7:53 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Hello! Your First Alert Forecast opens with a milder temperature trend for the Cape Fear Region. With sunny skies today, we have seen highs in the 50s, and, importantly, winds were lighter than recent days. For Wednesday, even warmer 60s ought to be reachable under fair skies. 60s are likely Thursday ahead of an Arctic cold front. Drastic changes are coming thereafter behind that front...

What is known: An Arctic cold front will usher frigid air into the Cape Fear Region between Thursday and Saturday. Moisture will funnel along and ahead of this front for a decent chance of rain showers Thursday into Thursday night. Some moisture is likely to linger on the colder side of the front for a risk of icy precipitation Friday into Friday night.

Outstanding questions: How much moisture will remain after the frontal passage is the biggest unknown. If the pattern trends more progressive, Friday will have little more than isolated sleet pellets or icy raindrops. Deeper moisture, conversely, could translate into more significant icing. Some timing details also remain unknown, which is natural at this range.

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