The weather forecast Friday contained all tricks and no treats for the Triangle, with rain expected to start Friday night and last through Saturday. Stiff winds are anticipated Sunday and temperatures will dip near freezing Monday morning.
The National Weather Service posted a gale watch for the coast, including both the ocean and the sounds, and said boaters should expect 30- to 40-knot winds with higher gusts late Saturday and through Sunday.
Winds in the Triangle were forecast to be gusting up to 30 mph Saturday.
Sunday morning lows should be headed toward freezing as skies clear, reaching the mid to upper 30s, forecasters said.
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Daytime will be sunny Sunday, but with highs only in the low 50s, and then Monday morning lows are likely to range from the upper 20s to about freezing, the weather service said.
The good news wrapped inside the glum forecast was that the rain should not be heavy.