Cold temps in NC allow for slight chance of wintry mix

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Temps drop off Saturday evening before overnight chill sets in

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By Mike Maze, WRAL meteorologist

Raleigh, N.C. — As the sun goes down, temperatures in North Carolina will continue to dip, making it feel like winter again.

Gray skies and light rain continued to fall around central North Carolina Saturday evening ahead of a cold front that would knock temperatures down overnight.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said rain in much of central North Carolina will continue

"You might see a few flakes, but it’s not going to be a big deal," Maze said. "We definitely aren’t expecting much."

The chance for severe thunderstorms south and east of the Triangle came and went, and central NC should only see a quiet, steady rain overnight.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for parts of central North Carolina that includes Wake County and Raleigh, which will make for a cold start to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh. Temperatures could dip into the 20s, Maze said, adding that scattered rain showers will linger in the area through the overnight hours.

The rain forced the Durham Bulls to postpone their Saturday night game against the Charlotte Knights.

As temperatures drop, Maze said a change over to sleet and eventually snow is not out of the question late in the evening and into Sunday morning for counties near the Virginia-North Carolina state line.

If snow does fall, any accumulations would be light, patchy and short-lived, he said.

"If you see snowflakes, they are not going to stick around," Maze said.

On Sunday, temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-50s.

It will be sunny and bright but chilly, Maze said. The low temperature is expected to dip to the 40s.

"But it’s April and it’s going to warm up," Maze said.

Tuesday and Wednesday show temperatures in the high 60s, and by Friday, the Triangle could reach mid 80s.

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