Messy Monday follows dusting of snow; cold air stays put

Posted March 12

— Light snow fell across many communities in the Triangle Sunday morning as a quick-moving winter storm pushed through the state.

Despite the pretty scenes, the "novelty flakes" didn't create any issues on area roads.

In most areas, the flakes melted on contact thanks to warm ground temperatures and snow that did stick had melted by the afternoon.

"It didn't last long. It really started to melt once that sun came out," said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.

Measurable snow wasn't reported in the Triangle, although it did pile up on grass and elevated surfaces such as decks and vehicles.

"Many parts of our area did end up seeing some snow, but accumulations were very light," Moss said.

Outside of the Morning Times in Raleigh, light snow dusted the tables and chairs Sunday morning while inside, Bruce DeBoer, who spent much of his life up north, enjoyed his breakfast.

Snowfall totals for March 12, 2017

"I'm actually in North Carolina because I'm not a fan," DeBoer said of the snow.

While some agree with DeBoer, others enjoyed the change of pace.

"We love it. We weren't ready for it, but we made a trip out here to visit family and are enjoying a last little push of winter," said Raleigh resident Kevin Grabiec.

For Markeesa Byrd, who is originally from Detroit, Sunday's snow was nothing out of the ordinary.

"I think it's funny when it snows down here and everybody's like 'as, crazy' and I'm just like it's March, so it's supposed to be snowing in my mind," Byrd said.

Behind the system, bright sunshine made an appearance across the Tar Heel State on Sunday afternoon.

Although temperatures will dip below freezing and bottom out in the upper 20s Monday night and Tuesday morning, Wilmoth said that enough melting took place to eliminate the concern of refreezing.

"I don't think we have any concerns tonight as far as black ice or anything like that," she said.

The week ahead will include cooler temperatures much closer to mid-March normals, with highs in the 40s and 50s over the next several days and lows in the 20s and 30s.

The average high temperature for the middle of March in the Triangle is about 62 degrees, while the average low is in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.

Wilmoth said the forecast low of 22 degrees on Thursday night could come close to breaking a record.

Current Temperatures, DMA

Wilmoth said that a storm system that is expected to dump more than a foot of snow on the northeast will bring rain Monday evening and could make for a messy evening commute.

WRAL Master Gardener Tim Grissom says the recent warm weather pushed many plants to blossom three to four weeks early. The tender plants are especially susceptible to the extreme cold heading for the Triangle.

Plants that have tight buds on them should be OK over the next several days, Grissom said, but other flowers that are farther along might not make it through the frigid nights.

Instead of covering them, Grissom said it's best to cut flowers that are in danger and display them in a house.

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  • Brenda Love Mar 12, 2017
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    It would have been nice to have at least a reminder about the time change among all the snow stories.