RALEIGH — Late but enthusiastic, winter is due to arrive in the Triangle on Monday night and take temperatures into the teens by Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service says an arctic cold front will cross the state Monday night, bringing brisk northwest winds and below-normal temperatures.
“We’ve got some very cold air headed in over the next couple of days,” WTVD meteorologist Don Schwenneker said.
Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s by Tuesday morning and rebound no higher than the upper 30s. The coldest morning will be Wednesday, with temperatures dropping into the upper teens – cold but not near Wednesday’s record low of 8 degrees.
The cold air will stick around a while. Forecasters don’t expect temperatures to reach 50 at all this week, with overnight lows dipping to freezing or below.
Normal highs for this time of the month are a high of about 51 degrees and overnight lows at or just below freezing.