Friday is setting up to be quite nice outdoors, with sunny skies and temperatures expected to reach the mid-50s.
But the same weather system to thank for those conditions is also expected to bring the season’s first freeze to the area Friday night. A freeze warning is in effect from midnight until 9 a.m. Saturday, for all of central North Carolina and most of the eastern part of the state.
Temperatures ranging from the low 30s to as low as the mid-20s will blanket the region, severely damaging or killing any unharvested crops or sensitive plants left outdoors, according to the National Weather Service Raleigh office.
“If you’ve got plants you’re worried about, bring them inside,” said ABC11 meteorologist Don Schwenneker. “Even if you cover them tonight, it’s going to be so cold I don’t think it will make much of a difference.”
The good news: no rain is expected to accompany the cold over the weekend.
Wind chill could make it feel like the upper teens outside early Saturday, Schwenneker said.
Another freeze, though not quite as cold, is forecast overnight from Saturday into Sunday morning, after a mostly sunny day with highs in the mid-40s Saturday.