A crazy forecast: Warm, windy Sunday precedes freezing rain, sleet

— Despite the winter solstice being only three days away, balmy temperatures made it felt like spring in the Triangle early Sunday morning.

Temperatures were already in the low 60s around sunrise, and they are expected to climb into the 70s by midday. The warmth will be short lived, though, when a strong cold front arrives late in the day, sending temperatures crashing again by evening.

According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, Sunday will be cloudy, rainy and windy despite the unusually high temperatures.

“What a crazy day it will be today,” she said.

According to Gardner, showers are expected to begin midday, around 11 a.m., and should continue overnight and into the new work week. “The rain and clouds will win out easily by lunchtime, and once the rain arrives, temperatures will drop very quickly,” said Gardner.

It will be windy, too. According to Gardner, warm winds ahead of the front may gust to around 30 mph at times.

Overnight, temperatures will slowly decrease, and it will be cold again — with highs in the 30s — for most of Monday.

With the cold will come patchy rain, mainly from around the Triangle south and east, and some pockets of sleet and freezing rain are possible in the late morning hours.

Things will warm up on Tuesday, but not by much, with highs in the 40s.

Most of the rain should be gone for the remainder of the week, and temperatures will be warmer, in the 50s, by Wednesday.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.