Warm temps ward off weekend snow in Triangle

Posted January 13, 2016
Updated January 15, 2016

— Warm temperatures over the weekend will keep any significant snow at bay, though the Triangle will see heavy rain on Friday.

A low pressure system moving northeast from the Gulf will bring with it rain on Friday afternoon that will soak the afternoon and evening commute, said WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. The system also brings a slight chance on thunderstorms or severe weather along the coast.

“Once (the rain) starts, it’s going to be heavy,” Gardner said, “and there may be a few rumbles of thunder out there, too.”

The rain will ease up later Friday night, giving way to partly cloudy skies on Saturday with temperatures in the 50s, Gardner said.

A sprinkle or snow flurry is possible on Sunday morning, but the temperature will again be too warm to bring any significant snow to eastern North Carolina.

On Wednesday, the American and European weather models were offering differing predictions for snowfall, with the American model predicting a more than a 50 percent chance of at least a dusting.

WRAL Meteorologist Nate Johnson said there is potential to see a flurry early Sunday morning, but the weather shouldn't affect travel.

“We may see a few flakes in the morning hours on Sunday," he said. "Nothing to get too worried about, no need to cancel anything.”

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the high pressure to the north will not be in position to deliver the low-level cold air required for snow accumulation.

"We could see sprinkles, but anything that's going to cause any problems is highly unlikely," he said.

Temperatures will drop at the beginning of next week with a high of 35 degrees on Monday.

“The thing that is going to happen—and I can guarantee this with a lot of certainty—the start of next week is going to be rather chilly,” Johnson said.


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  • Charles Boyer Jan 14, 2016
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    Which "American model?" GFDL, GFS, NOGAPS, or BAMM? And which "European model?" UK-MET, or ECMWF?

  • Matt Porter Jan 14, 2016
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    When in doubt, go with the Euro model. It's far more accurate than the American model, especially on any forecast more than two days out. I want snow as badly as anyone, but I don't see it happening this weekend for central NC.

  • Tripp Weiland Jan 14, 2016
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    There is a huge difference between weather and climate.
    Weather is local and subject to many variables that can change very rapidly. Climate is global and plays out over years.

  • Real Libertine Jan 14, 2016
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    View quoted thread

    Definition of irony.

  • carlb202 Jan 14, 2016

    Wait a minute. Guys like Fishel pray to the god of AGW and computer models are their bibles. They can predict what's going to happen 100 years from now if we don't quit using electricity and driving cars, but they can't figure out what's going to happen in 3 days???

  • H Lee Dawson Jan 14, 2016
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    If they predict snow don't worry if they predict little to no snow get out your snowshoes.

  • Mark Newton Jan 13, 2016
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    Well then this is quite simple. The Euro Model has been proven over and over again to be superior to the US Model. So no snow for us Sunday beyond a few flakes that amount to nothing.