Here comes the rain and chill


Rainy skies Monday will give way to much lower highs throughout the rest of the week.

ABC11 meteorologist Don Schwenneker says temperatures will once again rise to near 70° this afternoon, but a cold front will settle southward across the region tonight and then stall across the southern part of the region from tomorrow into Wednesday.

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Nearly all of the rain with the stalled front will fall to its north, so the period from tonight into at least Wednesday morning will feature quite a bit of rain to the west and north of the Triangle with decreasing amounts of rain to the south and east.

From the Fayetteville area eastward to southern coastal areas, there will be only a few scattered showers and less cooling during the next couple of days. But in the Triangle and to the north and west, temperatures will hold mostly in the 40s from tomorrow into much of Wednesday to go along with the rainy conditions.

A break in the wet weather is likely from late on Wednesday into part of Thursday, although it will remain seasonably chilly during this time. Then another storm system will bring more rain late on Thursday and especially on Thursday night, with the chance of a bit of sleet mixing in near the Virginia border.

Dry weather will follow with some sunshine on Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday, with temperatures during this late-week period running close to what is normal for January.

The National Weather Service says Charlotte tied its record high of 75 degrees Sunday, last reached in 1960. Highs were in the 70s across much of the state, with even the mountains reaching the 60s.

Saturday was even warmer. Forecasters say Fayetteville set a record Saturday with a high of 79, breaking the old record of 77 degrees set in 1916. The average high in Fayetteville this time in January is 53 degrees.

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