Triangle snow-less streak continues

Posted January 17, 2014

— Two cold fronts, one behind the other, will push temperatures down through the weekend, but snow lovers will continue to be disappointed, said WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.

The greater chance, and even that chance is only slight, for a few flakes comes around sunrise on Sunday. Both a cold front that rolls through early Saturday and another one on Sunday could wring moisture from the very dry atmosphere, Johnson said.

Temperatures rose into the 50s Friday, and the high on Saturday will likely be about 15 degrees lower. Despite the chilly temperatures, sunshine will be the dominant weather feature on the first day of the weekend.

The second front could produce another quick burst of snow showers across the Triangle as it heads through the area in the early-morning hours on Sunday.

"We're tracking this system, which is the Alberta Clipper style front we see a lot during the winter," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

"These systems have very little moisture to work with," Johnson said, "but they are very efficient."

"This will be a very quick event, if it happens at all," Gardner added.

Temperatures will be below freezing as the front moves through Sunday before dawn, so any precipitation that does fall may have a better chance of freezing.

"We can't rule out a few flakes," Johnson said, "But this won't be a high-impact event. Churches won't need to cancel services."

Once the front clears, sunshine will push daytime highs on Sunday to near 50 degrees. Highs will climb into the upper 50s on Monday. 


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  • bobbobson23 Jan 17, 2014

    "Nothing exciting happening here with the weather."

    You were clearly not here last week, when it went from 9 degrees to 80 MPH wind gusts.

  • US VET Jan 17, 2014

    Thank goodness!!!

  • mafiamic Jan 17, 2014

    "Snowflakes keep falling in my dreams".
    Hey they are expecting snow up "North" tonight and a very less then vortex cold spell next week.We can all go up "North" with our loved ones and cuddle in the snow and cold? Nothing exciting happening here with the weather.They actually have "Seasons" up "North".

  • MissB Jan 17, 2014

    Everyone run out and buy your milk and bread!

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 17, 2014

    Folks, please be sure to keep a bucket of brime in your car at all times in case you happen to encounter one of these flurry squalls.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 17, 2014

    'tis the season of the flurry. Most humans have never seen flurries at 50 degrees. This should be exciting!