Fall weather moves into NC: Tuesday could be coldest night of the season so far

Lows forecast for Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
Lows forecast for Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. National Weather Service

Fall weather is finally moving into North Carolina, and Tuesday could be the coldest night of the season so far.

A cold front left the North Carolina coast Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh, and cool high pressure was expected to build into the Triangle on Monday night and Tuesday and continue into the weekend, bringing temperatures down.

A strong system of cold air was expected to move into North Carolina on Monday night, dropping temperatures considerably. Monday’s lows were expected in the low- to mid-40s, but Tuesday night was expected to be even colder.

With the cold front leaving the coast, high pressure is expected to build over the Triangle and stay put for a while, and though the air will be dry enough to prevent much cloud cover, highs are only expected to get to the mid-60s by Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning is shaping up to be the coldest night of the season so far, the weather service reported on Monday. Lows are expected in the 40s, but some areas could see temperatures as low as the mid-30s.

A frost advisory was expected Tuesday night, despite early forecasts that showed a lack of moisture in the air and a light wind could preventing widespread frost.

The next slight chance for rain comes early next week as a potential low-pressure system moves north out of the Gulf of Mexico, but there is a “huge amount of uncertainty” for that forecast, the weather service reported.

Highs through the weekend and into next week are expected in the upper 60s to mid-70s.

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