Cool but nice days coming before rainy Super Bowl Sunday in the Triangle

Predictions about the rise or fall of the Patriots or the Eagles aside, the forecast for weather Sunday night looks promising because overnight low temperatures should stay a tad above freezing after a day of wetness.

With luck, that means drivers will not have to worry about black ice on the roads on Monday morning.

Sunday morning, however, could be dicey in Orange and Durham counties because freezing rain could be part of what falls first Sunday, until around 7 or 8 a.m..

The rest of the region will see only rain in the morning, the National Weather Service predicted on Friday. Showers are possible all around through the afternoon.

The pregame weather – Friday and Saturday – was forecast to be bright and clear, but cold when wind makes actual temperatures in the mid-40s feel much colder.

Once the Super Bowl is in the history books, next week will be a mixed bag of weather.

The weather service forecasters described it Friday in language anyone could understand: “another cycle of warm up, moisten up, precipitate, then cool back down.”

The area should see temperatures in the low 40s to mid-50s on Monday, clear skies and freezing temperatures Monday night, warming on Tuesday, rain moving in Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Thursday will bring back daytime highs a little below normal, with readings in the mid-40s to low 50s expected again.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT