Cold blast continues Sunday, icy spots still possible

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Dry weather is expected to persist through the remainder of the weekend and into early this week as building high pressure controls the regional weather pattern. Though this afternoon won't be nearly as cold as yesterday, with high temperatures moderating back into the middle and upper 40s, these temperatures are still below normal for late-January standards. Similar temperatures are poised to last into Monday as well, though overnight conditions tonight won't be nearly as frigid as they are right now.

Slick road conditions will be possible even into Monday--especially on raised surfaces .
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Cold temperatures are refreezing wet spots on roads, creating possibly dangerous conditions.

Looking ahead closer to the middle of the week, there are two systems we are keeping an eye on that could potentially bring precipitation to parts of the viewing area. One will be a weaker clipper system sliding through the Northeast, though this should be fairly disorganized enough as not to impact the region. The system that poses more of a threat is projected to develop out of the Gulf late Monday into Tuesday, where it will slide through portions of the Southeast later Tuesday and Tuesday night. So far, it looks like this low pressure system is forced far enough south towards Florida by strong high pressure in the Midwest, which should keep rain out of North Carolina, though we will continue to monitor this setup over the next few model runs.

Otherwise, assuming models are correct in that strong high pressure builds out of the Midwest and across the East by Wednesday and Thursday, the Triangle may very well remain dry through the majority of the week ahead! This will come at a cost, however, as the development of strong high pressure out of the west will force colder air from out of the north into the region. In turn, expect rather cold conditions to last through the second half of next week, with high temperatures likely peaking in the lower and middle 40s at best.

Stay Warm!

Steve Stewart

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