Triangle forecast: Up, down, up, down, still cold

From staff reportsJanuary 22, 2014 

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Students bundle up as they battle a cold wind while walking across the Brickyard on the N.C. State campus on Jan. 22, 2014.

CHRIS SEWARD — cseward@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— The Triangle’s thermal rollercoaster is set for a few more climbs and dives.

Thursday’s high temperature is expected to crawl to the upper 30s, then drop to the teens that night, hover just below freezing on Friday, warm up near a balmy 50 degrees over the weekend, and plunge again by Tuesday.

In other words: up, down, up, down, still cold.

“It’s just one reinforcing shot of cold air and another. The arctic reloads and sends another,” said Chris Hohmann, chief meteorologist at WTVD. “The pattern is conducive for continuous cold fronts to cover the eastern U.S.”

It may seem like an unfamiliar pattern, but it was far more common in the 1970s and ‘80s, he said. Too much warm weather and “you lose your perspective on the winter,” he said.

Prior to the recent cold fronts, this winter’s temperatures have been warmer than average.

Season-to-date average temperatures have been the 16th warmest in 70 years, as measured at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to Ryan Boyles, director of the State Climate Office at N.C. State University.

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