Chilly today; Highs around 70, high winds and rain this weekend

A cold front will bring chillier conditions to the region today before warmer weather returns with rain this weekend.

It will be cool and cloudy today, with a high around 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. A few sprinkles are possible today, but are not expected to be widespread.

Clouds will decrease in the evening for partly clear skies overnight as temperatures drop to around 23 degrees.

On Friday, it will be warmer again with highs around 50 degrees. Skies will begin mostly sunny, though clouds will increase throughout the day.

Friday night will be mostly cloudy and chilly, with overnight lows around 39 degrees.

Saturday will be windy, partly sunny, and warm, with the potential to be the warmest day of the year so far, according to NWS. High temperatures could reach around 70 degrees.

Wind gusts will rise to around 34 mph, with sustained winds around 17 mph.

Saturday night will be breezy and warm, with rain starting after midnight. Showers will continue through the night and into Sunday. Overnight lows will be around 57 degrees.

Showers may start to scatter late Sunday morning or into the early afternoon. About only a quarter-half inch of rain is expected during the morning, but a second round of showers the afternoon and evening could bring 1 to 2 inches, according to NWS.

Rising creeks and streams are expected, with some flooding, is possible in areas receiving the most rainfall.

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