'Dusting' of snow expected around Triangle, one inch expected near Fayetteville

Posted March 11
Updated March 12

— While the chance of seeing some snow fall lingers for many counties around the Triangle, the forecast continues to show very light, if any, accumulation.

However, a winter weather advisory has been posted for southern counties, including Cumberland County, for early Sunday morning from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m., warning of "up to an inch of snow is possible on elevated surfaces."

"This still appears to be a low impact winter weather event," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said. "It is likely the Triangle area and areas to the north will not get much of anything, maybe a dusting to a fourth of an inch. The sun will comes out Sunday afternoon and should do a great job melting whatever falls."

"The ground temperature right now is around 50 degrees, so whatever falls should melt quickly."

Wilmoth said roads will be mainly fine, but to be aware bridges may be somewhat slicker.

The total accumulation has trended downward since the beginning of the week when WRAL meteorologist began tracking the system moving in from the northwest. Scant accumulation has been aided by the storm tracking farther south.

"(It will be) flurries and patches of light snow," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. "For the most part, a lot of us aren't going to see a lot of accumulation."

Some areas, especially south of the Triangle, might see more snow on the ground, but the snow won't be around long.

"In terms of accumulation, we're probably looking at, most of us in central North Carolina, anywhere from a trace, where it's not even measurable, to perhaps an inch in a couple of isolated pockets or bands," Moss said. "Most likely it will fall at a low enough rate that roads are going to be fine."

The North Carolina Department of Transportation spent Friday spreading brine as a precaution on the highways.

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The storm system bringing the snow will blow through North Carolina early Sunday morning. Temperatures will drop down into the 30s by the time the system arrives and eventually dip down near freezing, giving every county in the Tar Heel State at least the chance of seeing a flurry of snow.

Temperatures in Raleigh will bottom out at 32 degrees on Sunday morning, though some towns, such as Roxboro, will hit 28 degrees.

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  • Mark Hayes Mar 11, 2017
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    If the roads are going to be fine then why go to the expense of using brine, WRAL has been the only media that has predicted doom and gloom over this weather issue, all others have expressed far less worry.