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Rain more likely than snow on cold, windy Tuesday

Posted March 24, 2014
Updated March 25, 2014

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— 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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  • HeadsUp Mar 24, 2014

    It snowed several inches here on March 12, 1987.

  • xhidden99 Mar 24, 2014

    I'm getting used to infinite winter. Kind of hope it sticks around for another 4 or 5 months.

  • lsdhome Mar 25, 2014

    "Infinite winter..." What a dreadful thought.

  • EricaSliver Mar 25, 2014

    Come on weekend!!!

  • Tired_of _the_Governmental_ Abus Mar 25, 2014

    My Friend in Pamplin VA has 1 inch of snow already and still coming down.

  • Chris Vet Mar 25, 2014
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    Surprised schools haven't closed early yet. ha ha

  • Don Dickerson Mar 25, 2014
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    And maybe THIS time if it DOES dip into the 20's overnight, folks will remember it RAINED the day before (provided it ever does).

  • JoConProud Mar 25, 2014

    "....will combine to bring rain showers and wet snowflakes to central and eastern North Carolina by mid-morning."
    Late morning (basically afternoon now), No rain....No wet snow in N. Raleigh. Can we just stop freaking out at the "s" word now.

  • 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.

  • 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.