WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - After a brief period of sunshine, clouds have made a return to the area ahead of a powerful cool front moving into the Tennessee valley. Gulf moisture will surge back into the area on Tuesday with light showers likely (heavier rain near the coast and offshore). The big cool down is still on track later this week.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy to overcast skies as lows drop into the mid and upper 50's. There is a 20% chance of a few spotty light showers.
TUESDAY: Showers will be possible as moisture out of the northern Gulf of Mexico rides up a trough near North Carolina's coast. Highs will move into the mid 70s with a 30% chance of precipitation. Rainfall totals should range from a few hundredths of an inch near I-95 to a quarter inch at the coast.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: The strongest surge of cool air this fall will move into the area later in the week. Wednesday will be mostly to partly sunny as a coastal low pulls away. Highs will be in the mid 70's, but strong cold air advection will drop lows into the mid 40's by early Thursday morning. Thursday will be sunny, breezy, and cool with highs in the low 60's and lows in the low 40's. Stiff northwest breezes in the 10-20 mph plus range are likely thanks to the pressure gradient between a low off of the New England coast and a strong Canadian high building over the Tennessee valley. Friday will be sunny, breezy, and cool again with highs in the low 60's and lows in the upper 30's by Saturday morning.
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY: After a few clouds Saturday, expect more sun on Sunday and Monday. As the jet stream trough retreats, temperatures will slowly warm. Highs rise from the low 60's Saturday to the low 70's Monday. Overnight lows will slowly moderate back into the mid 40's.
TROPICAL OUTLOOK: Tropical storm Lorenzo formed Monday afternoon south of Bermuda. It is not a threat to the U.S. First Alert Meteorologists Gannon Medwick, Colin Hackman, Eric Davis, and Iisha Scott will keep you updated.
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