Christmas in the Triangle could be wet, but not white

Posted December 20, 2011
Updated December 22, 2011

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— The Triangle could be in for a rainy Christmas weekend, but a repeat of last year's holiday snowstorm is not in the cards, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Wednesday. 

Low pressure systems funneling in from the Gulf of Mexico brought scattered rain showers to the area Wednesday and will keep chances for precipitation in the forecast Thursday, early Friday and again on Christmas Day, WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said Thursday. 

"We didn't get an awful lot of rain yesterday, especially over central and southeast North Carolina, but we did see some light showers in the Triangle off and on all day," he said. "The Raleigh airport saw about a quarter inch of rain Wednesday."

Temperatures will remain mild Thursday and Friday, with highs both days climbing into the upper 60s to near 70. Overnight lows will hover around 60, much higher than seasonal averages. 

"This is the first day of Winter but it certainly doesn't feel like it," Moss said. 

Skies will clear partially Friday afternoon once the next disturbance moves out, allowing the sun to peek through the clouds in parts of the Triangle during the last day of the work week and early on Christmas Eve. 

The clearing will also allow temperatures to return to December averages, Moss said. High temperatures will climb into the mid 50s Christmas Eve before topping out around 50 Christmas Day. Lows both days will be in the low to mid 40s. 

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Central North Carolina looks like it will avoid the severe weather that has caused traffic problems in the Great Plains this week. Fierce winds and snow caused some highways to close.

About 10 inches of snow fell in western Kansas before dawn Tuesday, and several more inches along with strong wind gusts were expected, National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Russell said.


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  • br549znc Dec 22, 2011

    I'm loving not having to burn much gas for heating. From that standpoint, the weather is fantastic.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 22, 2011

    "I was praying we would get snow and ice,"

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, get real.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 22, 2011

    Happy summer day and don't forget to wipe your sweat.

  • wildcat Dec 22, 2011

    I was praying we would get snow and ice, particular in the Mint Hill/Charlotte area.

  • not my real name Dec 22, 2011

    It's like Miami

  • Rico Dec 22, 2011

    I love a white christmas...outside is clean and white...everything thats white is good..

  • mgratk Dec 22, 2011

    Well, I'm happy we'll at least be able to have a fire in the fireplace on Christmas eve and Christmas.

  • Ambygirl Dec 22, 2011

    seankelly15, I love you!! You have made my day today!! Merry Christmas and I wish the very best for you in the new year!

    YouMakeItSoEasy, You should know you can't flush YOUR outhouse!YOU just need to build a new one......

  • seankelly15 Dec 22, 2011

    YouMakeItSoEasy - "....because come January you're going to need it to flush your johnnys."

    Only you will need to do this and you wouldn't have to if you pay your water bill.....

  • seankelly15 Dec 22, 2011

    The Chief is wrong - "So where are all the folks who were mocking me the last 3 weeks when every week i said the next week we would have temps in the 70's and i was right all 3 weeks in a row?"

    I was one of those "mocking" you and I will continue to do so. We had temps in the low 20s this past week or so and highs in the low 40s and 50s. One or two 70 degree days in three weeks is not the same thing as 70 degree temperatures every day for three weeks - which is your claim.

    You and your other screen names always take credit when you think that you are right but you NEVER acknowledge the many times when you were wrong. And, you have been wrong many times.