Weekend outlook: Flash flood watch and 60 degree temps

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— While some across the viewing area saw below-freezing temperatures early Thursday, conditions were warmer than they’ve been in days.

After a cool Thursday, milder weather is on the way, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. Temperatures in Raleigh and Durham at 6 a.m. were freezing but still 7 degrees warmer than they were at the same time yesterday.

With four days of snow and icy roads in the rearview mirror, many will be glad to know milder weather is almost here.

“This will be the last morning that temperatures are cold enough for slick spots,” said Gardner.

Friday will feel milder, with a high of 48 degrees in Raleigh, before temperatures enter the low 60s, becoming almost warm for Saturday.

The catch? Much of Friday and Saturday will be rainy, according to Gardner. A low-pressure system bringing thunderstorms and rain to Texas will arrive in the Triangle by mid-day Friday, and rain could become heavy by lunchtime and in the evening.

The area is under a flash flood watch starting Friday afternoon through Saturday, and the rain could continue Sunday, making for a washout weekend.

7-Day Forecast

Even though Saturday will feel spring-like, it will be overcast, and we could see 2 to 3 inches of rain by Sunday. Still, Sunday’s high will be a pleasant 56 degrees.

“It will be nothing like what we saw last weekend,” Gardner said.