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The chilliest air mass since last April invades central North Carolina this weekend.

After sunshine and mild temperatures Friday afternoon with most spots in the Piedmont in the mid-70s, a cold front ushers in through the afternoon and evening hours. Although chilly, FOX8 Friday Football Frenzy will be dry, says FOX8 meteorologist Tom Britt.

“No snow yet but most definitely the cold,” Britt said.

On Saturday temperatures will struggle to get much above 60 during the day, despite bright sunshine. By Sunday morning, temperatures will plunge into the upper-30s and low-40s, and many areas will not get out of the 50s on Sunday.

“Saturday and Sunday look like they could be a little bit breezy as well as being very cool,” Britt said.

The coldest morning will most likely be Monday, when clear skies, light winds and dry air combine with the chilly air mass to send temperatures into the low and mid-30s across the region. Scattered frost is a possibility, especially to the north. It’s possible frost advisories will be issued for parts of central North Carolina by late in the weekend.

If you’ve got some plants outdoors you’d like to keep awhile longer, and your area goes under a frost advisory, be ready to bring them in or make sure they’re protected from the cold.

Temperatures will slowly moderate through the middle of next week and we should be back to normal by Thursday.