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Arctic blast, freezing temps Friday, Saturday

A strong cold front will be good rain chances to central North Carolina Thursday night into Friday morning, but it will also bring the coldest air of the season Friday & Saturday. Highs on Thursday made it up to 70, but highs will not get out of the 40s Friday. Breezy conditions will also keep wind chill temperatures in the 30s most of the day.

We’ll see a good chance of rain late Thursday evening into the pre-sunrise hours of Friday morning. Average amounts will be from about 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 of an inch of rainfall, and we don’t have to worry about severe weather this time around. The cold air will arrive right behind the rain — temperatures will drop the low 40s Friday morning, and most of us will stay in the 40s all day.

We’ll all wake up below freezing for lows Saturday morning, with highs struggling back to 50° by Saturday afternoon (and many northern spots staying in the 40s). We recover to around 60° on Sunday and get into the mid 60s for Veterans Day on Monday.

The next cold front will be even stronger — it’s set to move through on Tuesday, bringing another good chance of rain showers. Even colder air settles in for the middle of next week, as highs for everyone will be locked into the 40s Wednesday and Thursday, with lows dropping to the 20s.

FORECAST

OVERNIGHT: Mostly cloudy with rain likely. Temperatures in the 50s most of the night, dropping quickly to the low 40s around sunrise. Winds turning to the northwest at 10-15 mph.

FRIDAY: Clearing skies early in the morning, mostly sunny the rest of the day. Cold and breezy, with temperatures only warming to the upper 40s. Winds from the north at 10 to 15 mph, gusts to 20 mph.

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This forecast was prepared by the CBS 17 Storm Team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smart phone apps.