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Triangle on watch for Tuesday snow

Posted January 20

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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  • short Jan 20, 9:50 a.m.

    I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?

  • Inside The Beltline Jan 20, 10:48 a.m.

    "I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?" -Short

    I find it nearly as interesting that the sun rose to the east this morning and that the sky is blue.

  • seankelly15 Jan 20, 10:52 a.m.

    SHORT - "I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?"

    You don't really believe this old chestnut, do you? If thunder was related to snow then we would see snow in the summer.

  • Walkin Man Jan 20, 10:57 a.m.

    WRAL seems to be the only station that I watch that really goes berserk when it comes to the weather around here. Give it a break will ya!!

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 20, 11:08 a.m.

    "I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?" - Short

    Ya know I heard my cat sneeze this morning, so it's only going to rain.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Jan 20, 11:45 a.m.

    To those of you that are skeptical about the relation between thunder and snow..... Over the last many, many years, I have noted that when there is thunder in the winter, some form of frozen precipitation fall within 9 - 11 days. So of course, seankelly15, this would not apply in the summer. It is only in the winter that this seems to hold true, old chestnut or not....

  • yorky1966 Jan 20, 11:59 a.m.

    To those of you that are skeptical about the relation between thunder and snow..... Over the... View More

    — Posted by youpeoplearesoentertaining

    Yep, some type of frozen precipitation usually does fall.

  • admin39 Jan 20, 12:16 p.m.

    You know, I can't correlate the sound of thunder 11 days out with snow, but I have noted that when it is under 32 degrees and precipitating, it's highly probable that it will be frozen. That and the fact that it was foggy in August. The fog we had in August is a for sure sign it's going to snow.

  • mafiamic Jan 20, 12:26 p.m.

    Could?,Potential,High 60?,Could,? So get out and enjoy the weather and soak up the sun?
    Talk about fearful conflicting report here?.Or just go EHHH! and take what is given and enjoy your days whatever they are for the truth is always unseen.

  • couchmandy Jan 20, 1:11 p.m.

    Regarding thunder and snow: http://www.almanac.com/sites/new.almanac.com/files/074_11ofa_weatherlore.pdf

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