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First full week of spring off to chilly start

Posted March 22
Updated March 24

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— The first full week of spring gets off to a chilly start Monday, with a forecast high of 50 degrees in Raleigh.

Part of central North Carolina could even get snow on Tuesday.

"I do not think we are looking at a major winter weather event, but it is something to watch," WRAL Meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

Two storm systems – one south and west of North Carolina and the other north and west – could bring a rain and snow mix early Tuesday.

Temperatures will start near freezing Tuesday morning and climb to the low 40s by the afternoon.

Weather models Sunday evening showed rain moving into the western part of the state around 8 a.m., and then moving across the Triangle.

The best chance of snow, Wilmoth said, is north and west of the Triangle. The Triangle will likely see heavy rain, beginning around noon.

"I think most of the snow with this system is going to be focused up to the north, and it could be a big snowstorm for the Northeast on Tuesday and Wednesday," Wilmoth said. "It doesn't look like it will be a big-impact storm here."

Getting snow in late March is not unheard of, however. The area received 2.9 inches on March 25, 1974. It snowed 10 inches on April 3, 1915, and nearly 2 inches fell on April 18, 1983.

More spring-like weather returns later this week as temperatures are expected to climb near the 60s Thursday and then close to 70 by the weekend.

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