Rainy Sunday could make for a slippery Monday
Posted March 15, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Wet weather and cold temperatures could mean trouble for Monday's morning commute – a stark contrast to Saturday's spring-like temperatures, which reached the 70s in the Triangle and surrounding areas.
A cold front and upper-level disturbance from the south and west is headed toward North Carolina, bringing rain with it Sunday afternoon.
By 1 p.m., most of the central and western part of the state will see some rainfall, which will continue throughout the afternoon and evening.
Sunday's high will reach the low to mid-50s with colder temperatures moving in throughout the day.
By 11 p.m., that rain could change over to freezing rain or sleet in areas along the North Carolina-Virginia border.
"Monday morning, we could have some issues on the roads from Raleigh to points north and west with a little bit of freezing rain and sleet," Wilmoth said.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon Monday for areas including Alamance, Granville and Person counties.
Points south and east of Raleigh will likely see rain.
Temperatures will warm to the upper 30s by Monday afternoon, but some lingering moisture could mean a chance of rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet Monday night into Tuesday morning, causing a glazing of ice to form on some surfaces.
A few showers are possible Tuesday, which will see a high in the mid-40s.
Temperatures are milder the rest of the week with highs in the 60s and near 70 by the weekend.
Sunday is also the meteorological phenomenon known as the "equilux" – the day that sees an almost equal portion of daylight and dark
The Vernal Equinox, the official start of spring, comes Thursday at about noon but that does not mean the Triangle won't see one last blast of winter weather.