First Alert Day Wednesday

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First Alert Evening Forecast
First Alert Evening Forecast

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- As expected, a warm frontal passage triggered an area of clouds and showers through the Triangle today, helping keep temperatures in check and raising the dew points into the 50s.

Skies will remain cloudy tonight and with a warm air mass well entrenched in the area, overnight temps will drop very little, bottoming out in the upper 50s tonight.

This sets the stage for a very warm day tomorrow. Despite very little, if any, sunshine, temperatures have no trouble reaching the mid-70s. The record high tomorrow is 81, set in 2011 and if the sun were to break through the cloud cover for a few hours we could make a run at the 80 degree mark.

Besides the warmth tomorrow, the wind will also be noticeable, gusting over 30 mph at times. Eastern parts of the area could see gusts in excess of 40pm, and that means its a first alert day.

A very strong cold front will barrel east across the state tomorrow, reaching the triangle late in the afternoon. We will see a line of gusty thunderstorms move east across the area late in the afternoon, just ahead of this front. The main energy will be sliding by well to the north tomorrow afternoon, so the risk of severe weather in the Triangle tomorrow is fairly low. If there is any severe weather its likely to be in the form of damaging winds.

Behind the cold frontal passage, temperatures will plummet into the mid-30s by Thursday morning. Thursday will be a cool day with the return of at least partial sunshine.

A trailing wave of low pressure is likely to bring us some rain Friday afternoon into Friday night, then Saturday will turn out dry and warmer.

Have a good evening!!!

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