Mother Nature will be treating central North Carolina quite nicely through Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday weekend. Dry high pressure building into the north of the state will persist into Friday, leading to a couple of days with plenty of sunshine. With winds back out of the northeast, Thanksgiving will feature about a 5 to 10 degree cool down from Wednesday's highs, with temperatures topping off in the low to mid 50s across the Triad and Piedmont and upper 40s across the High Country. Black Friday shoppers will need to bundle up if planning on heading to stores early in the morning with lows expected to bottom out to near freezing.

Friday through Saturday will feature a short warming trend as a cold front approaches from the west. This front should be crossing central North Carolina on Saturday, but with hardly an moisture associated with it, chances for rain will remain slim. The mountains may see some light showers Saturday afternoon with chances dwindling from west to east. If lower elevations see any rainfall at all, it will be in the form of light spotty showers at best.

High pressure and cooler air moving quickly back in behind the front will allow sunshine to make a comeback by Sunday with a cool down back into the mid-50s to end out the holiday weekend.