Only rain for Triangle Tuesday

Posted November 26, 2013

— Temperatures stayed too warm Tuesday morning for snow to develop out of a weather system packed with precipitation that was making a slow march across the state.

"We could see up to three inches of rain by the time this is all over," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

In Roxboro and parts of Person County, a bit of light wintry precipitation forms a light glaze of ice on trees. Several school systems delayed the start of the day as a precaution.

It is a different story in the western part of the state.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say an ice storm warning is in effect for Avery, Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, Henderson, and the Rutherford, Polk and Burke County mountains through midday Tuesday. Although the ice is expected to turn into heavy rain through Tuesday evening, it's expected the rain will change to snow by daybreak Wednesday, with up to four inches expected near the Tennessee line.

The light steady rain falling in Raleigh at noon was just the beginning of a weather roller-coaster that will take the Triangle for a ride over the next 24 hours.  

By late afternoon, the cold, wet weather from the west will come into contact with warmer air pushing in from the coast.

"We'll see temperatures skyrocket this evening," Gardner said. "We could be looking at a large temperature difference from the northwest to the southeast with Roxboro seeing upper 40s by 4 p.m., Raleigh around 50, Fayetteville around 60 and Goldsboro in the lower 60s."

The warmer air will create instability in the atmosphere which could spark thunderstorms, some of them severe. 

"It will be downright balmy at 1 a.m.," Gardner said. The greatest chance for severe storms with damaging winds comes in counties in the southeast quadrant of the state.

Then Wednesday the cold sweeps back in. Temperatures will be at their warmest in the morning, then fall through the 40s to near 30 degrees as the day goes on. By Wednesday evening, the rain will have passed, leaving chilly but dry weather for Thanksgiving day. 


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  • raleighboy524 Nov 26, 2013

    Notice how WRAL has moved the story from a prominent spot on the home page to a less visible spot on an "inside" page? Their hype about ice, snow, flooding, storms didn't come through so they slip the story under the rug like it never happened. LOL.

  • busyb97 Nov 26, 2013

    you people have NO idea what the weather is gonna do... you never do.....we might as well toss a coin for the good that weather forecasting goes. In all the years and the "technological" advances and high-tech dopplers you folks have, it doesn't help one little bit. Why don't ya just give up! As usual, it is big hype, little substance.......

    Perhaps, but in the last 15 yrs that I have lived here, when they made little of a story out of the approaching weather, we got NAILED! One year was 24" of snow or more in one day, they forecasted 1-3". Another year was a played down forecast of just rain, and we got almost 1/2" of ICE and was without power for a week. And that one was right after Thanksgiving too. Same sort of situation this week. And both storms came from the south/southwest.

    We got lucky that the temps are just high enough. Better safe and prepared, than sorry.

  • busyb97 Nov 26, 2013

    Thank goodness we werent just a few degrees colder!!!

  • clintoflannagan Nov 26, 2013

    Much ado about nothing. It's raining. Nuf said. Not a time to panic, per WRAL's usual over-reporting of what could happen.
    November 26, 2013 12:05 p.m.
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    Let's hope you are correct and that this system is not a repeat of the November 28, 1988 Raleigh tornado that spawned out of similar weather conditions.

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  • 678devilish Nov 26, 2013

    I wish people for just today would put down their cells and pay attention to what is going on around them. Its a messy day. Don't let it be you to cause that accident. PAY ATTENTION!

  • Thought Criminal WS Nov 26, 2013

    We won't see a snow/weather event because the clouds were seeded over the weekend to lessen the chances of snow in order to improve travel conditions on the holiday. Chemtrails doesn't mean you need gas masks and to run for cover... and they been in use since the 1970's.

  • zonk Nov 26, 2013

    Come on people they said exactly what would or could happen People that complain about weather forecasting are completely clueless and have nothing to do

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 26, 2013

    That wasn't very nice crystal.

  • norainonmyparade Nov 26, 2013

    Much ado about nothing. It's raining. Nuf said. Not a time to panic, per WRAL's usual over-reporting of what could happen.

    I'm sure those who plan on traveling (especially to the western counties) for Thanksgiving appreciate the information. Even rain causes slick roads and accidents in Raleigh. People think it's "just rain", drive too fast for conditions, and hydroplane.

    You may not be aware of this, but you are not WRAL's only viewer, and many of their viewers do travel outside of the Raleigh area. While the weather is not reason to panic, it is reason to be maybe a bit more aware and more cautious when driving.