43 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2006-05-08 18:35:00
Updated: 2006-05-08 18:35:00
Posted May 8, 2006
Cold air damming is one of the hardest features to forecast in North Carolina. It is very difficult to tell exactly when this wedge of cool air will break. Usually a strong southwest wind will break the wedge and clear the skies, but since Tuesday's winds will remain northerly, there is the likelihood that the wedge won't break but just become more shallow. This means we could see clouds the entire day with spotty drizzle and of course chilly temperatures.
If the clouds do not break Tuesday, they will not break until we experience a change in air mass. This exchange would come from a warm front that will bring more clouds and the chance for rain Wednesday afternoon.
Behind that warm front is a cold front that moves into the area on Thursday. It will also bring more clouds and the chance for showers and storms.
The bottom line here is, we may not see a return to full sunshine until Friday when high pressure builds in and helps clear the skies.
So in the meantime I hope you like the color gray since we may be seeing quite a bit of it in the coming days.