First Alert Forecast: chilly final weekend of winter

A FRREZE WARNING has been issued for: Bladen, Columbus, Inland Brunswick, Inland Pender, and Inland New Hanover counties from 1 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Monday
Published: Mar. 18, 2023 at 2:00 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2023 at 10:17 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Nice to see you this Saturday evening! Following a gorgeous sun-filled St. Patrick’s Day in the 70s, a cold front brought about changes last night including much-needed rain tallies with leftover shower odds at 10% for Saturday night. As with the last couple of rounds of rain chances, rainfall amounts were light to moderate but appreciated: on the order of a few tenths of an inch. Every drop is meaningful with pollen raging, recent drought, and a young growing season trying to get back on track. Saturday afternoon temperatures fell back into the 50s behind a cold front after starting in the 60s this morning. Tonight’s lows will dip into the middle and upper 30s, but frost is not expected. Chilly 50s are expected to stick around through early next week, including the first official day of spring on Monday!

The growing season and freezes are not a good combo, and your First Alert Forecast features another chill shot for this coming Sunday and Monday, with a Freeze Warning in effect early Monday morning for most of southeast North Carolina. As of now, temperatures are expected to be at or right above freezing. Remember to give extra love to the sensitive plants and outdoor pets! Spring weather will assert itself later in the week as highs moderate back into the 60s Tuesday, 70s return for Wednesday and Thursday, and even some 80s likely on Friday.

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