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Cold wind blows in

Posted April 7, 2009

— A late season cold snap is bringing snow to the North Carolina mountains and could bring a freeze to much of the rest of the state Tuesday night.

In the Triangle, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner predicted a mostly cloudy day with winds blowing cold gusts of up to 20 mph. The high for the day was only expected to reach the mid-fifties. Overnight, it will cool down significantly, with some areas dipping below the freezing mark.

Wednesday will be a little milder, Gardner said, but will remain cooler than normal, with temperatures again in the 50s and another cold night to follow, Gardner said. By Thursday, sunshine returns and warms the air into the 70s.

The National Weather Service has issued freeze watches and warnings for early Wednesday morning for almost all of North Carolina expect the Outer Banks, where lows should be in the 40s, and the mountains, where freezing temperatures are still expected in April.


Forecasters say snow was falling early Tuesday in the mountains, with 2 to 3 inches reported on Beech Mountain. The weather service says up to 4 inches of snow could fall in higher elevations and 1 to 2 inches in valleys before the storm ends Tuesday night.


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  • affirmativediversity Apr 7, 2009


    You are so correct. Already the spin has begun. Its no longer "Global Warming" its now "Climate Change"...that subtle change took place right after the eco-terrorists march on DC was snowed out.

  • Ouaouaron Apr 7, 2009

    This certainly has not been a stellar Spring so far. Watch the spin, affirmative - cooling will be "proof" of warming by those who want to control our lives and our wallets.

  • affirmativediversity Apr 7, 2009

    What happened to "Global Warming"?

  • ReddHott13 Apr 7, 2009

    My son called this morning to tell me it was snowing in Asheville... he said he wished he was home where it was warmer!!! :(

  • Steve Crisp Apr 7, 2009

    I'm not sure why the NWS is issuing a freeze and frost warning for this weather event. Historically, the last freeze of the year in central NC has been April 29th with a ten percent chance of the last frost falling after that date.

    I could see a warning being issued at a time after the 29th, but not before. Farmers and others with any agricultural interests should be well aware of that average last freeze date to start with.