Triangle on watch for Tuesday snow

Posted January 20, 2014

7-Day Forecast

— Sunny skies and mild temperatures will make Monday the exception to an otherwise cold week that includes the potential for snow during Tuesday’s evening commute. At 2:30 p.m., the National Weather Service began posting winter storm watches for counties in the western part of the state.

Meanwhile in Raleigh, the temperature reached 63 degrees, about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.

“We’ve got no problems today. In fact, it’s going to be absolutely beautiful,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. “It’s going to be one of those ‘Sesame Street’ kind of days – one of these things does not look like the other.”

Gardner was referring to the rest of the week, which will see temperatures stay in the 30s and 40s.

A shot of cold air from Canada will reach down into the Triangle by late Tuesday afternoon, bringing precipitation and plummeting temperatures. Raleigh and areas north could see snow flurries or even light snow showers; areas south will get rain.

“This is going to be a Tuesday evening commute issue,” Gardner said. “By 3 p.m., the precipitation begins. By 5 p.m., we’ll see that change-over.”

That cold air will linger, pushing temperatures down to an overnight low of 18 degrees Wednesday. The high that day will struggle to get to the freezing mark.

“Wednesday will be bitterly cold,” Gardner said. The coldest morning of the week will be Friday, which will start at 17 degrees.

Gardner urged residents – especially those who are off work for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – to get outside and soak up the sun Monday before the cold returns.

“It’s going to be sunny and fabulous,” she said. “Enjoy it.”


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  • soapbox Jan 20, 2014

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    I disagree. I follow WRAL weather closely on the web, and make extensive use of the various radar views. From these sources I can get an accurate picture of what to expect.

    But I understand that meteorology, and forecasts based on meteorology, are stated in terms of probabilities and that there is a great deal of variation across a geographical area.

    For example, the strong storms that blew through the state on 1/11/13 didn't affect me at all. I saw no squalls with strong winds and sudden downpours. Two miles away, they saw both. Thirty miles away there was significant damage and one person lost her life. So was WRAL wrong because it didn't happen AT MY HOUSE? I think not.

  • rescuefan Jan 20, 2014

    Obamacare is right. I was coming home from Duke that day to bring my husband home after surgery. Fortunately, we were on the front end of the disaster and it only took us 2 1/2 hours to drive what normally took 30 minutes. But we also had an extremely cold several days leading up to the snow, so the pavement was very cold and then all the vehicles on the road would melt the snow, which then immediately froze into a sheet of ice.

  • 1nclady Jan 20, 2014

    Snow? I'm not getting my hopes up :(

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 20, 2014

    "Some of us don't live in a comfy little cocoon. We have lives that are heavily impacted by the weather and we need to plan ahead. "

    If your job, life and world is impacted by the weather you sure don't want to be listening to this channel for accuracy. That goes double for this time of year with them.

    They're not very good at getting it correct. You are better off guessing.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 20, 2014

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    Actually, the date was January 19th of 2005 and the quick 1 inch snow burst came down shortly after 1 pm. That's when schools and businesses closed early before crews could brime the roads. Everything quickly turned to ice.

    I remember my 8 mile, 8 hour commute that day.

  • busyb97 Jan 20, 2014

    Do you all recall a few years ago....very similar situation. Just flurries...very little was expected, but when did it fall?? RUSH HOUR. What happened? It made for a mess as drivers, for whatever reason, got stranded on the highways for hours! I think less than an inch fell over all, but because it fell during rush hour, made things a bit slick, created a nightmare.

    So while it does seem laughable and crazy, considering it would be around the time of rush is something to be aware of during your day.

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  • dejr8875 Jan 20, 2014

    I think a weeks emphasis on snow is getting old. They should wait 36 hours before making the statement, rather than raise a person's hope (especially a child's). Just saying....

  • mafiamic Jan 20, 2014

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    If you read it properly instead of just the words and their meaning separately...It said
    We are expecting snow,but where this person was they got storms,with the thunder and more then likely Rain instead of snow.

  • BeastieBoy Jan 20, 2014

    Oh, PA-LEEZE!!!