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Wintry mix possible in northern areas, but 'miracle' snow unlikely for Triangle

Posted January 26, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Winter weather won't loosen its grip on central North Carolina this week and likely will "stay with us to the bitter end," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

After a gloomy Monday with cloudy skies and highs in the high 40s, some northern counties will see a chance of sleet or a snow-rain mix early Tuesday. But the Triangle will likely just see rain.

"Around here, there is going to be no miracle for a second snowstorm in a week," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

North Carolina will be just south of a cold, moisture-laden air mass, while a warmer, moist air mass tries to break in from the south.

"There's going to be a battleground between two very dissimilar air masses," Fishel said.

In the most likely scenario, the warmer air mass will win out in North Carolina, but not before the cold air tries to land a few punches in northern border areas of the state.

"The only place that would have any chance of having light, spotty freezing rain would be right up along Virginia. And even if it happens there, it would only be for an hour or so (Tuesday) morning," Fishel said.

"There might be a couple bridges and overpasses where there's a couple slick spots, but this should not be a major problem," he added.

The Triangle will see spotty rain in the morning that grows more steady by afternoon, amid temperatures in the low 40s – "not that all pleasant a day," Fishel said.

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On Wednesday, the temperatures will be milder, getting close to the 60s, but it will also stay rainy and cloudy. During the afternoon, rain in the mountains will turn to snow.

"Wednesday looks like we're going have a lot of variety across the state," Fishel said.

The rest of the week will see temperatures bouncing back-and-forth, reaching as high as nearly 60 degrees and as low as almost 25 degrees.

For those getting weary of winter weather, there's some light ahead  Groundhog Day, when a rodent will let us know whether we have six more weeks of winter.


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  • bs101fly Jan 27, 2009

    good grief, "miracle snow"???????????????
    i get up to that headline????????????
    more good grief!!!!!!!!!!

  • greentara Jan 26, 2009

    This is not news, just read your almanac. If it is good enough for Ben Franklin, it is good enough for me!

  • bs101fly Jan 26, 2009

    don't worry, 80 degree March is marching towards Greg Fishel so fast your sleds are ready for a yard sale!
    It's done folks, K-put and over, winter of 08-09 lasted 3 days, sent/sends kids to schools on TWO Saturdays and currently have the roads and your car so nasty you'll be glad to wait until 2016 until the next dusting!
    Now if we could ONLY get a millionth inch of rain we could once again totally dirty up my clean car!

  • CozyCake Jan 26, 2009

    All I gotta say is I hope that the weather doesn't get bad enough to have the Gov. call out the National Guard like she did with the recent snow. I agree that it was a good call but the catch is that even though she and the Highway Patrol said stay off the streets, if your a state employee you get penalized if you obey their direction. We have to basically give back vacation days if we can't make it to work. So if you have few days or trying to save them for vacation, your out of luck.They call it an adverse weather policy which means you have to give back that lost time by working extra on weeks you wouldn't have worked a full week, so you might as well use a vacation day.

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  • AMazeder Jan 26, 2009

    Saturday WRAL was forecasting possible sleet overnight last night, then by yesterday they had backed off of the forecast. I did drive through a very small amount of sleet in Wake County about 1 AM this morning. This shows both that there was something to their original forecast and that it made sense to back off of it.

  • Space Mountain Jan 26, 2009

    We have been surprised by storms before. Ice storm in Dec 02. The two inches of snow that fell in the middle of the day in 05 where everyone got stuck on the roads trying to get home from work. The record snow of Jan 2000. All of these were surprises. I think the forecasters would rather predict little or nothing and play catch-up instead of predicting a big storm and nothing happens.

  • kimberly1110 Jan 26, 2009

    "last year we averaged 80 degrees in March"

    March can't get here fast enough this year. 80 degrees sounds wonderful.

  • Here kitty kitty Jan 26, 2009

    No, please explain to us how fast it can change...we really don't know!!

  • bs101fly Jan 26, 2009

    biggest snows in March? 1960??
    boy that's current!
    last year we averaged 80 degrees in March! And the previous 4 or 5 before that!!
    just another 49 years folks and we might get another dusting!