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Rain more likely than snow on cold, windy Tuesday

Posted March 24, 2014
Updated March 25, 2014

Doppler - Central NC

— Snowflakes could mix with rain showers across the Triangle on Tuesday, but temperatures will be warm enough to keep the wintry precipitation from creating any issues on the roads, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Two storm systems – a low-pressure system off the South Carolina coast and an upper-level disturbance to the north and west – will combine to bring rain showers and wet snowflakes to central and eastern North Carolina by mid-morning.
"It it going to be wet, cold and windy," Gardner said. "That said, this isn't going to be the type of weather that wreaks havoc on your day."

Areas along the Virginia border have the best chance to see snowflakes, but areas across the Triangle could end up with mixed precipitation during the morning.

Temperatures were in the upper 30s at 8 a.m., and daytime highs are expected to climb into the mid-40s after lunchtime.

"Up near the Virginia line we could end up with a little dusting, but I don't expect any problems on the roads anywhere in our viewing area," Gardner said. "Just don't be surprised if you do see a snowflake or two today."

Strong winds will arrive Tuesday afternoon behind the upper-level disturbance, and they could gust up to 30 mph this afternoon and overnight.

Those winds will create winter-like temperatures Wednesday morning, as overnight lows in the mid-20s will feel more like the teens. Highs Wednesday will climb into the upper 40s under sunny skies.

Spring-like weather returns later this week as temperatures are expected to climb near the 60s Thursday and then close to 70 by the weekend.


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  • WralCensorsAreBias Mar 25, 2014

    I hope they don't cancel school tomorrow. I've already paid for daycare!

  • Jackie Strouble Mar 25, 2014
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    Chances for an El Niño developing this year are on the increase. It's still too early in the season to say, but the "models are leaning that way." El Niño conditions usually develop during the summer and the effects are strongest from Dec through April.


    That would also affect the Jet Stream and the weather across the US. In a typical El Niño year, the jet stream is very strong across the southeast, meaning warmer, wetter conditions and the potential for strong storm fronts. It also trends toward fewer hurricanes, although the ones that make landfall can still be very destructive.


  • Jackie Strouble Mar 25, 2014
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    Good questions. When winter temps are warmer in Alaska than it in Georgia, you know something's up. Here is a video that addresses the effects of the warming Arctic and loss of sea ice on the jet stream, which drastically affects the weather across the northern hemisphere.


  • Obamacare returns again Mar 25, 2014

    Lots of drizzle out there today folks. I sure hope the state didn't spread any more of the brime on area roads this morning further wasting tax payer dollars.

  • Backtothemountains Mar 25, 2014

    3 inches of snow when we got up this morning. Melted a little and now getting more. There is a world out there beyond your telescope. Just saying....

  • luxurytravel Mar 25, 2014

    Sorry, it's called pitiful forecasting.

  • simplelogic Mar 25, 2014

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    What about the southern hemisphere? Australia is having one of their hottest summers on record. Have you read anything about the jet stream pattern being influenced by Arctic warming? Is that why all that cold air is coming down here? What about El Nino? Are they still expecting that to develop? How will that affect temps around here?

  • PanthersFan45 Mar 25, 2014

    I looked at a global map of world temperatures in the northern hemisphere and it shows much of the world with above normal temperatures and mild winters. Only the eastern half of the North America is really having a winter and it has been defined by a deep trough in the east (jet stream dip). Personally I hope the pattern stays, maybe this spring and summer temps will also stay below normal ........ less than 90 during the summer ? I'd take it.

  • mafiamic Mar 25, 2014

    It's caused by the global cooling,?Happens every six months,something has to be done to stop this or the earth will be destroyed in the next few years.

  • happygirl14 Mar 25, 2014

    Wondering if the spring like weather will last after the weekend. It seems like every Saturday it gets up to the 70's it drops. Ready for warm weather to stick around.