Cool air blows in ahead of rainy weekend


The nice refreshing air mass that moved in Wednesday will linger today, making it almost 10 degrees cooler than the average for this time of year.

Temperatures in the Triangle will reach the upper 70s, with more clouds than sunshine as some high and mid-level moisture streams across the area at times. Any wet weather will stay from Fayetteville to Goldsboro and on to the south and east.

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ABC11 Meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker says the front that is bringing the dry, cool air mass has stalled out to the south and will eventually come back northward, which will bring some wet weather in time for the weekend.

"This zone of wet weather will start to get pulled northward tonight through tomorrow and periods of rain are likely late tonight and tomorrow," he said. "Temperatures will fall to the low or middle 60s tonight, and then rise no higher than the mid 70s tomorrow with plenty of clouds and rain."

The rain could be heavy at times Friday and Saturday.

"It's a pretty good bet that most of the area will see at least an inch of rain from tomorrow through Saturday and there can be locally higher amounts of up to 3 inches, depending upon where the heavier bands of rain set up and where there are also any heavier thunderstorms during the day Saturday," Schwenneker said.

The weakening front will get shunted farther to the north as high pressure starts to build Sunday and Monday.

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