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Star’s First Alert Forecast: Bright and warm before weekend cold front

Front will drop temps 15 degrees between Saturday and Sunday
Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 8:54 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 11:06 PM EDT
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Forecast Discussion: Sunny skies will help boost temperatures to the mid 80s on Saturday. A cold front will move in Saturday evening and clear the coast by midnight. A few showers will be likely as the front moves through from late afternoon Saturday into the evening. The passage of this front will mark a significant drop in air temps from Saturday to Sunday, creating a more October like feel for the following week. This system will also produce gusty winds that will likely knock down a solid amount of leaves over the weekend. Expect southerly winds Saturday then northwesterly winds Sunday. High pressure will then take control and give us a dry stretch of weather through most of next week.

Typically, we see our first frost of the season in either late October or early November. The near-term forecast, while turning cooler, keeps us well above the frost level through next week.

The tropics are remaining quiet for now. Today, October 15th, is the 67th anniversary of the strongest hurricane to ever strike North Carolina. Hurricane Hazel plowed through North Carolina on this date making landfall near the state border with South Carolina. Max winds at landfall were 140 mph with higher gusts. The storm was picking up forward speed, moving at around 30 mph.

Friday Night

Mild and mostly clear with lows in the low 60s. Wind: S5.

Saturday

Breezy with many dry hours but scattered showers after 3pm. High of 85. Wind: SW15 G25. Rain chance: 40% after 3pm.

Sunday

Noticeably cooler with lots of sunshine. Highs in the upper 60s. Wind: NW10 G20.