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Fishel: Threat of snowfall on Sunday remains limited

Posted January 15
Updated January 16

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— As rain began moving out of the Triangle Friday night, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel says the threat of snowfall affecting travel on Sunday remains limited.

Friday afternoon saw periods of heavy rain before the storm system began drifting away from the region. Clouds departed the area late Friday night, which will make way for clear skies on Saturday with highs in the 60s.

"It should be one of the more pleasant days you could hope for at this time of year," Fishel said.

As another storm brushes past the state on Sunday, Fishel said that light rain mixed with some wet snowflakes are possible, but snow lovers shouldn’t get their hopes up.

With temperatures predicted to be in the 40s, Fishel explained that there is not enough cold air for snow, which melts as it falls, to accumulate. He said the only way accumulation would be possible is if the precipitation fell fast and hard enough to manufacture a cooling effect, which he doesn’t see happening this weekend.

“The bottom line is, there is no source of cold air in the lowest part of the atmosphere to tap in to, to get temperatures down close to the freezing mark," Fishel said. “It’s going to be fun to look at, but as far as causing any travel problems, it’s not going to happen.”

Fishel said the area will dry up following the precipitation on Sunday, allowing cold air to enter the area at the beginning of the work week. Temperatures on Monday and Tuesday are only expected to reach into the mid-30s.

“The big thing we are confident about is it’s going to get mighty chilly here next week,” said Fishel.

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  • Brian Winslow Jan 16, 2016
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    A few more days, and we'd be in drought conditions.

  • Kevin Weidner Jan 15, 2016
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    Glad we are getting some rain. It's been so dry......