Gardner: Freezing rain 'won't be a big deal'

— On a miserably cold Monday fueled by temperatures in the low 30s, strong winds and freezing rain, the weather could not feel any weirder after balmy temperatures in the 70s made it feel like spring in the Triangle on Sunday.

An unusually warm Sunday afternoon turned into a chilly evening after a cold front moved in, gradually decreasing temperatures overnight. By Monday morning, the Triangle was greeted by frigid temperatures in the low 30s and lingering rain. In just a 24 hour period, temperatures in Raleigh dropped 36 degrees — that’s a bigger difference than most other areas in the state.

According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the rain seen Monday morning will likely continue all day, tapering off around 8 or 9 p.m.

Temperatures will top out in the mid to low 30s, but it will feel even colder outside due to strong wind gusts.

“It’s going to be a damp, breezy day,” said Gardner. “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 will still be a factor, freezing rain will likely enter the mix by the afternoon.

“It’s cold out there but not cold enough for wintry precipitation,” said Gardner. “Freezing rain won’t cause widespread travel problems, but a bridge or two could get slick by tonight and Tuesday morning.”

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

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.