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Chilly weather lingers as Triangle waits for spring

Posted February 28, 2013
Updated March 1, 2013

— Although the first official day of spring is still three weeks away, Friday is the start of what scientists call the meteorological spring.

The term is supposed to signify a noticeable change in the weather as the harshest 90 days of winter come to an end. But residents in the Triangle won’t feel any warm, spring-like temperatures for a while.

“The current outlook is a chance of cooler than normal conditions for the next two weeks,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

WRAL Azalea Gardens Mike's a-Maze-ing weather photos

Friday’s forecast calls for a high of 52 degrees and an overnight low of 33. Skies will be sunny in the morning, but clouds will build in the afternoon, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Those temperatures remain about the same for the next five days, fluctuating by only a few degrees.

Spring officially starts March 20, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Although it’s not yet sandal-wearing weather, it seems unlikely that the Triangle will see any more serious snow.

“There could be a few flurries Friday evening,” Gardner said. “We’re looking at the potential for a little bit of snow Saturday night, but it wouldn’t be enough for any accumulations.”

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

A system moving east over the Pacific Ocean off the western U.S. coast could bring some snow to our region next Wednesday, but it is too early to tell what effect, if any, it will have on North Carolina, Maze said.

There’s more good weather news: The Triangle this week has moved out of the “moderate drought” category into “abnormally dry.”

Gardner said February’s excessive rainfall is the reason. Slightly more than 4 inches of precipitation has fallen during the past month. It has rained 14 out of the last 28 days.

Lee and Moore counties remain under moderate drought.


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  • TeresaBee Feb 28, 7:38 p.m.

    Snow Wednesday?

  • NoMoreOfThat Feb 28, 7:21 p.m.

    The ground hog is as good as any tv weather comedian. As for Spring, maybe after next week's rare March blizzard.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 28, 7:20 p.m.

    How is all of that global warming treating you this winter?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 28, 6:39 p.m.

    According to WRAL's rainfall charts, we're ahead in rainfall for this year, and indeed, for the last 12 months. So why are we abnormally dry? I'm truly curious.

    February 28, 2013 5:54 p.m_________________ they're prep ya for when they give our drinking water to the gas companies for their Fracking solution, (which can't be used again)so ya won't be worried when our water supply runs low.

  • thewayitis Feb 28, 5:54 p.m.

    According to WRAL's rainfall charts, we're ahead in rainfall for this year, and indeed, for the last 12 months. So why are we abnormally dry? I'm truly curious.

  • doggypoos Feb 28, 5:34 p.m.

    The ground hog lied

  • timexliving Feb 28, 5:15 p.m.

    I don't know about you, but I blame this extra cold weather on global warming.

  • datenobunaga2 Feb 28, 4:47 p.m.

    I find it hard to believe we are still even considered abnormally dry. If you walk anywhere on my lawn, your shoes slide around under your feet it's that mucky, and in some spots your foot will actually sink a little. I understand they go by measurements and such, It still seems to me that the drought thing should be a thing of the past. What I hate about our weather is that it is feast or famine with the rain. It comes in buckets one minute and then it is bone dry the next.

  • Capitals Fan Feb 28, 4:18 p.m.

    It's in the 50's... that isn't winter... I say spring has already sprung.

  • Reformed Liberal Feb 28, 3:45 p.m.

    I ready for summer.