Cool Thanksgiving, Warmer Friday

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Good afternoon and Happy Thanksgiving! - An extensive area of surface high pressure stretches from the northeastern US back through Texas into northeast Mexico with three centers, one over West Virginia, a second over northeast Texas and the third over northeast Mexico. A moisture-rich surface low is now centered along the west central Gulf coast of Florida with a tropical warm front extending northeast just off and parallel to the southeast Georgia and South Carolina coastline.
The only effects up here in the North Carolina Piedmont is a fair amount of high and mid-level cloudiness but these clouds are thin enough to allow for some filtered sun across the Triangle and surrounding areas. Sunshine will be more prevalent this afternoon to the north and west of the Triangle with thicker clouds blocking the sun more toward I-95 and farther south and east. In the low-levels, high pressure to our north will continue a northeast flow of cool and dry air across our area today helping to hold temperatures below late November norms with Thanksgiving afternoon highs in the lower 50s, nearly 10 degrees below the normal high of 61!

We should remain under the influence of this large, cool and dry surface high into the weekend with a slow warming as the air mass is modified and surface winds swinging around to the southwest on Saturday. Temperatures will warm to the upper 50s for highs tomorrow (just a few below-normal) with abundant sunshine then get back to a few degrees above normal (into the middle 60s) on Saturday afternoon just gorgeous!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Steve Stewart

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