Winter weekend in March: Snow likely to fall Sunday, possibly Monday

Posted March 9
Updated March 10

— There's a significant chance the Triangle sees some snow this weekend, according to new runs from weather forecast models, but that may not be the only winter weather next week.

The quick-moving storm would move through the Triangle late Saturday night and last through the middle of the day on Sunday.

Current forecasts show that the Triangle is likely to see anywhere from a trace to 1 inch of snow. The latest run of models support the likelihood of an all-snow event, but warm ground temperatures could have an impact on the amount that sticks around.

“You’ve got to remember, the ground temperatures are very warm- about 50 degrees- so if it doesn’t fall fast enough, there might not be much accumulation,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

"Snow is possible in all of North Carolina from top to bottom. The atmosphere is set up so that whatever falls will fall as snow, and it should be snow all the way to the ground."

If accumulation does occur, Maze said low overnight temperatures could cause things to refreeze overnight.

"Heavier totals, meaning likely more than an inch, will fall in the south and the west," Maze said.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said that unless the forecast changes, they plan to send crews out Friday to brine roadways.

Friday morning should start a the cold weekend weather, so grab a jacket for the morning commute.

Saturday should be partly cloudy and even cooler. Thicker clouds will begin to approach the area, and the storm system will arrive after midnight Satuday night.

In addition to Sunday's snowfall, Maze said weather models are now hinting at the possibility of another snowfall Monday night into Tuesday, depending on temperature outcomes.

"The models are hinting at something trying to form either over North Carolina or offshore," Maze said."It's very early in the game to tell what's going to happen here."

Maze said current modes don't show Monday's potential snowfall to be a big threat.

Whether the area sees snow or not, temperatures are expected to remain below normal all next week.


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  • Andrew McGuffin Mar 10, 2017
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    "Winter Weather in March"? Go figure: the equinox is still 10 days away.

  • Fred Neopolitano Mar 9, 2017
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    [triangle translation] rain Sunday and Tuesday.

  • Fred Neopolitano Mar 9, 2017
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    We are due a big snow. We always get the warm air aloft around here.

  • Tim Orr Mar 9, 2017
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    With all of these Meteorologists commenting why do we even need the folks at WRAL? Oh, that's right. The PROFESSIONALS are more equipped to look out for public safety than their own ego....

  • Ryan Walsh Mar 9, 2017
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    With lows around 32 for Friday and Saturday nights prior, I'd say it will set up nicely for some possible sticking if it actually decides to snow.

  • Marvin Sanderford Mar 9, 2017
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    I am convinced more than ever now that we may see snow... it will not accumulate much nor stick around long. Monday morning will be a wet, slushy mess on the way to work with little if any snow remaining on the ground.

  • William Sherman Mar 9, 2017
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    Been in NC long enough to have learned that when it comes to snow forecasts, its better to be prepared.. Let the stampede to the grocery store begin...

  • Erik Nystrom Mar 9, 2017
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    My prediction: 3-6" forecast from 72 hours out followed by "warm air nose" at the beginning of the event with no accumulation...Although this is not an empirical prediction, anecdotally, these seems to always be the case - the "snow" occurring in March notwithstanding.

    DOT - PLEASE DO NOT bother putting pickle juice all over our roads and pollute our roadways and groundwater with it. Soil temps are well in the 50's and this is a waste of labor, taxpayer money and natural resources.

  • Brenda Love Mar 9, 2017
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    Changing the last sentence. "It will end up being a very low-impact situation."