WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A weak cool front will drop temperatures a bit for Veterans Day. It will be sunny. A strong Arctic cold front arrives late Tuesday. Some light precipitation is possible Tuesday night into very early Wednesday. Highs Wednesday will be 20 degrees below normal with afternoon wind chills in the 30's!
TONIGHT: A weak cool front will drop overnight lows into the low 40's under clear skies. We'll have a northerly breeze around 5-10 mph.
VETERANS DAY: A cold front will drop temperatures back into the low 60's under sunny skies. A little brisk but very nice!
TUESDAY: The morning will be cool with lows in the low 40's. Early afternoon temperatures will approach 60 before the Arctic front crosses the area by late afternoon. Temperatures will likely fall back to near 50 by late afternoon and howling north winds 15-20 mph could drop wind chills into the upper 30's for the drive home.
TUESDAY NIGHT: This will be the trickiest part of the forecast! A potent upper disturbance will cross the area late and there might be enough to generate some light showers. Overnight lows will dip into the mid 30's. It is possible west of a line from Burgaw to Whiteville there might be just enough cold air present that a few flurries or quick snow showers could mix with the light rain showers. No accumulation is expected! Wind chills by Wednesday morning could dip into the teens, thanks to a north wind at 15-20 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Cold and blustery! Any precipitation chance quickly ends early Wednesday morning. Skies will clear as the Arctic high builds from the west. The pressure gradient between the high and a developing coastal low off the mid Atlantic coast will produce sustained north winds around 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph. Afternoon highs only reach the upper 40's with afternoon wind chills in the upper 30's. A freeze will occur in many spots Wednesday night with clear skies and decreasing wind. Lows will be in the upper 20's and low 30's.
THURSDAY: The Arctic high builds in! After a very cold start we will see a lot of sun and a lot less wind. Still with the cold airmass highs will only reach the low 50's. Thursday night will be mostly clear and still cold with lows in the upper 30's.
FRIDAY INTO NEXT WEEKEND: The cold trough begins to lift out and normal if not above normal temperatures return. Friday and Saturday will feature mostly to partly sunny skies. Highs will rise from the low 60's Friday to upper 60's Saturday. Clouds will increase some Sunday with a slight shower chance ahead of the next front. Highs warm into the low 70's.
TROPICS: The tropical Atlantic should remain quiet for the next five days.
First Alert Meteorologists Gannon Medwick, Colin Hackman, Eric Davis, and Iisha Scott will keep you updated.
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