Arctic air to invade Triangle Tuesday; trace of snow possible

Posted November 11, 2013

— A blast of arctic air Tuesday could push temperatures in central North Carolina down to the 20s early Wednesday and Thursday and could bring a snow flurry or two on Tuesday.

"This is one of those days, Tuesday, where you're going to want to take into account that things are going to look and feel very different when you get home from work or school than they will be when you leave tomorrow morning," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Monday evening.

Tuesday's highs will peak at the mid-50s to low 60s by noon before dropping to the low to mid-30s early Tuesday evening.

Wednesday's lows were expected to be in the upper 20s, and despite a full day of sunshine on Wednesday, the high will reach the low to mid-40s.

"In fact, temperatures will be as cold all day Wednesday as they are at 8 p.m. Monday," Fishel said.

Secondary to Tuesday's dip in temperature is a chance of snow late in the afternoon.

"It's always exciting when you see the first flakes floating through the air, as we head into the winter season, and so I don't want to discount that," Fishel said. "I just don't want you to think it will be anything that is going to affect your evening plans for tomorrow."

An area of precipitation is expected to develop east of the Appalachian Mountains Tuesday afternoon, and snow will depend on how quickly the arctic air arrives and if that rain is still over the state.

"Even if it does change over to snow flurry activity, temperatures are likely to be above freezing during the entire duration of the event, so there's no danger of any big accumulations or any accumulations at all," Fishel said.

Temperatures will dip to a low in the low-20s Thursday morning but are expected to rebound. Highs will be in the mid-50s.

By the weekend, the highs will reach the low 60s and edge toward 70 by Monday.

"It's going to be an interesting week," Fishel said. "But bundle up tomorrow afternoon."


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 11, 2013

    I love the feel of snowflakes falling on my cheeks.

  • gman007 Nov 11, 2013

    I guess it's time to dig out those orange golf balls.

  • 1nclady Nov 11, 2013

    Better make a mad dash to the grocery store and stock up on milk and bread :)

  • injameswetrust2003 Nov 11, 2013

    We're due a BIG snowfall here in central NC. Hopefully this week is a small preview.

  • Triumph Nov 11, 2013

    I recall the 1/4 inch ice and snow that shut down the Triangle, and the 26" snow storm that was forecast as nothing to worry about.

  • Krimson Nov 11, 2013

    Perfect! I needed an excuse to buy a bunch of beer and skip work...

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 11, 2013

    dejr - "Being a former resident of Buffalo, NY....lake effect snow was great!"

    Hello Buffalo!!!

    Born and raised in Erie County, PA, a county that many years gets record snowfall for the nation, regular and lake-effect, which is one reason why I don't live there anymore.

    Don't have to shovel sunshine. LOL

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 11, 2013

    What we transplants have to understand is that down here, the authorities don't have as much road clearing equipment as is up north.

    When we moved here in the early 80s, I believe I read there were only 2 plows in the entire Raleigh area, and those were used first on the interstates. There were some at RDU, but those were to for airport use only.

    Now there is more, but there's still not as many as cities up north have simply because they're not needed as much.

    So now when there's a good snow down here, people might not get out for a week or two to replenish necessities, and with kids often out of school during those times too, those necessities go FAST.

    So let's not rag on those who rush to stores to stock up on them when the threat of snow fills the airwaves.

  • btneast Nov 11, 2013

    then the bread-and-milk run will be justified, unless you live within easy walking distance of a grocery store. Those of you who were around in January 2000 know what I'm talking about.

    There was a similar even back in the mid 80's....snowed abnormally deep for the region, then sleeted over it, then never got above 32 for about a week.

  • btneast Nov 11, 2013

    Bet all the bread and milk addicts will be attacking the shelves tonight.. Big Mike

    You know, I am a NC native of 50 plus years and I don't understand the bread and milk thing. What snows we do get are almost always gone in 2 days. I get bread, as you can make sandwiches when the power goes years past before power lines were buried like they are now, power outages were much more common during winter weather.....but milk? A guess from way back would be to be able to make snow cream?