Raleigh, N.C. — A cold front that will trigger showers Friday evening will usher in some of the coldest air of the season so far this weekend.
WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said temperatures are expected to dip to below freezing Saturday night into Sunday after the front makes its way through central North Carolina.
“When the front comes through this evening, we’ll have one shot of some heavier showers,” she said. “And then, the chill.”
The wet weather is expected to fall during the Friday evening commute home and could stretch into early Friday evening. The rain shouldn’t last long, however.
“It zooms right out of here and then we start to clear,” she said. “By tomorrow morning, it will be clear and chilly.”
The high temperature Friday is expected to top out near 60 degrees before dropping to the low 40s overnight.
Saturday’s temperatures will only reach the low 50s before plunging to around 30 degrees for the overnight low.
“Our first hard freeze is expected Sunday morning,” Gardner said. “That cold air is not messing around.”
Sunday will also be chilly with a high in the low 50s, she said.
The front that will bring Arctic air to the Triangle is also responsible for a round of bitterly cold weather that will grip the Great Lakes Region this weekend and dump several inches of snow in parts of the region.
Lake-effect snow could start as early as Friday in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where snow has already fallen on a few occasions this season. Parts of western Lower Michigan should also see lake-effect snow develop off Lake Michigan on Friday.
The National Weather Service issued a warning for parts of the Upper Peninsula with forecasts calling for 9-14 inches of snow that is expected to stretch into Saturday morning.
Forecasters say travel could be difficult with snowfall totals of 6-12 inches possible in other parts of the western Upper Peninsula.
Elsewhere, a blast of wintry weather also is forecast, with 3-5 inches of snow possible in the western and southwestern Lower Peninsula. The region will see temperatures at or below freezing and and parts of southeastern Michigan, including Detroit, could see 1-2 inches of snow.
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