Cold air will keep snow around through Thursday
Posted January 29
Raleigh, N.C. — Wintry precipitation moved out of central and eastern North Carolina before daybreak Wednesday as a winter storm slid off the East Coast, but the snow that fell overnight will stick around for up to two days thanks to frigid temperatures.
Snowfall totals varied across the area. Spots in the western Triangle saw 1 to 2 inches, and areas along and east of Interstate 95 got upwards of 3 inches.
A winter weather advisory will remain in effect for much of the eastern part of the state until noon Wednesday.
Temperatures were in the upper teens across much of the region at 7 a.m., and daytime highs will struggle to climb into the upper 20s under partly cloudy afternoon skies.
The remaining snow and clear skies will allow temperatures to bottom out near record levels early Thursday, as much of the Triangle will see overnight lows in the single digits.
"We could end up tying the record for the coldest low at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Thursday morning," Gardner said. "The previous mark – 7 degrees – was set in 1977."
Daytime highs Thursday will top out in the upper 30s under sunny skies, allowing some of the snow to begin melting.
Any snow that doesn't melt and evaporate will freeze again ahead of Friday morning's commute. Overnight lows will dip into the teens.
Weekend temperatures will climb into the 50s.
"We'll transition into a wetter pattern on Sunday and early next week," Gardner said. "We will be warm enough for all of it to be rain."