Cold, rainy weather brings chance of freezing rain to some
Posted December 8, 2013
Updated December 9, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Cold temperatures and light rain made for a dreary Sunday with some parts of central North Carolina seeing frozen precipitation as temperatures remained around the freezing mark.
Nearly a third of North Carolina counties, at some point Sunday, were under some kind of winter weather alert as rain fell across the area.
The biggest threat of winter weather Sunday night was to counties north and west of the Triangle, where potential glazing on elevated surfaces was possible overnight.
Freezing rain advisories were in effect for Orange, Granville, Person and Alamance counties. (View a list of active weather warnings and advisories.)
"There's not a lot going on, but you don't need a lot to have a glaze on the road," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.
Those advisories were expected to expire by 5 a.m. Monday.
There were some reports of sleet and freezing rain earlier Sunday in Person, Granville and Vance counties, but temperatures remained above freezing in the Triangle and surrounding counties.
The region skirted the brunt of a powerful storm system that has already dumped snow, sleet and ice across a wide swath of the nation's midsection. It's barreling toward the Eastern seaboard, promising more of the same, for parts of Virginia on northward.
Back in the Triangle, the rain was expected to taper off overnight and give way to warmer temperatures on Monday. Highs were expected to range in the 50s – in counties north of the Triangle – to 60s in areas to the south.
Monday's high in Raleigh was forecast to be in the mid-50s; the low in the upper 40s.
A steady stream of moisture moving into the area from the south and west will bring more rain late Monday and early Tuesday, with the best chance of rain in the Triangle being around noon on Tuesday.
By Wednesday, the air will dry out, but high temperatures will be colder – in the low 40s.
The next chance of rain is the weekend, when temperatures will be in the upper 40s and low 50s.