Big chill follows bumpy weather

April 6, 2009 7:48:05 PM PDT
A cold front moving through North Carolina brought tornado warnings and strong winds Monday.Now, temperatures are expected to plunge.

Monday's storms brought down trees and did some damage to homes. In Fayetteville's New Ponderosa subdivision, lightning hammered a 50 foot pine tree and then the wind split it right down the middle.

The tree toppled over onto a camper and a home. Victor Williams and his grandmother Maddie Mattox were inside at the time. Neither was hurt, but they got a good scare.

The family has now spread a large plastic tarp over their damaged roof to keep out the rain.

The unsettled weather moved ahead of a large area of cold air that will cause temperatures to plunge this week.

The National Weather Service says an April freeze is possible Tuesday night across all of North Carolina.

"Highs both days only in the 50s with lows well down into the 30s with the possibility of some upper 20s Wednesday morning," Eyewitness News meteorologist Glen Willey said.

Up to 4 inches of snow could fall in higher elevations west of Asheville. A winter storm warning is in effect.

By the end of the week, temperatures are expected to be closer to normal for this time of year. By Thursday and Friday, the highs will return to the upper 60s to lower 70s.

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