Freezing rain possible on a miserably cold Monday; don't expect widespread issues

— Balmy temperatures made it feel like spring in the Triangle on Sunday, but a cold front is bringing cooler temperatures, rain and the possibility for sleet to much of Monday.

The balmy 72 degrees felt by many Sunday afternoon dropped into the 50s by dinner time, and, overnight, temperatures slowly continued to decrease.

Similar to the temperatures felt during the first part of the weekend, it will be very cold again — with highs in the low to mid 30s — on Monday.

It will likely rain all day, but the chances for showers are greatest in the morning, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

“It’s going to be a damp, breezy day,” she said. “Winds are going to be gusting around 25 mph in some places, so it will feel very chilly.”

Although the chance for precipitation slightly decreases in the afternoon, rain is still very likely, and freezing rain could even enter the mix.

“Sleet could be mixed in with the rain, so watch for some slick bridges tonight and Tuesday morning as temperatures drop into the 20s,” said Gardner.

According to Gardner, it won’t be cold enough for wet roads to become slick, but drivers should still remain cautious. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a very big deal,” she said.

The freezing rain could start early afternoon and carry us into the evening before the rain finally starts to taper off by 8 or 9 p.m.

Things will warm up on Tuesday, but not by much, with highs in the 40s. Most of the rain should be gone for the rest 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.