We have been talking about it for days now, and the cold front is finally moving through North Carolina Wednesday morning. This is just the start of a colder weather pattern that will likely continue through next week across the Carolinas.
As the cold air filters into North Carolina Wednesday, temperatures will hold in the upper 40s to low 50s for most of the day across the Triangle and Sandhills. Later tonight, temperatures will drop to the upper 30s.
Not only is colder air moving into North Carolina, but a wetter weather pattern is also settling into the region that will last through the end of the week. After a line of early morning showers Wednesday, most of the rest of the day will be cloudy with occasional drizzle or sprinkles.
Showers along the coast late Wednesday and Wednesday night could build back inland into portions of central North Carolina Thursday. Most of those showers may stay just south and southeast of Raleigh though. Only a few spotty showers are expected around the Triangle Thursday. Highs in the upper 40s are forecast for Thursday.
We will all have a higher chance for rain Friday as rain spreads across central North Carolina. Cold air will definitely be in place at the time, but it should be just warm enough for Friday's precipitation to mainly fall as a chilly rain. Temperatures will range from the upper 30s in the morning to just the low and mid 40s in the afternoon.
Another push of cold air will arrive Friday evening as the chilly rain is coming to an end. If the precipitation hangs on long enough, the rain showers could mix with or change to light snow before ending in central North Carolina. We likely will still be above freezing at that point, so accumulation is not likely. A light dusting cannot be ruled out on grassy surfaces, north and west of the Triangle including around Roxboro and the Triad.
Dry and cold weather is still in the forecast for the weekend. Highs in the 40s are expected Saturday and Sunday. Morning lows will dip into the 20s Sunday.