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Rain, thunderstorms, flakes all possible with approaching front

Posted February 17, 2012

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— Sunshine returns to the forecast Friday ahead of a cold front that will bring rain, the potential for severe weather and even a chance of snow flakes during what looks to be an interesting weather weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Partly cloudy conditions Friday will give way to mostly cloudy skies by late in the day Saturday as the next weather system that will impact the Triangle approaches.

Highs Friday and Saturday should climb into the low 60s across much of the area. 

By Saturday night, thunderstorms – some of which could be severe – will make their way into central North Carolina, Gardner said. 

"We're expecting a good bit of rain Saturday night into Sunday," she said. "We may even have some severe storms late Saturday night."

Lows Saturday night will stay in the mid-to-upper 40s thanks to the cloud cover. On Sunday, rain chances will continue with high temperatures around 50 degrees. 

"We're expecting a good bit of rain by Sunday," Gardner said. "This looks like it will be a big rainmaker for us – maybe as much as 1 inch of rain between Friday and Sunday night in some spots."

As temperatures fall into the mid-30s to near freezing Sunday night, some of the rain could even become snow overnight and early Monday.

"It's possible that some of this could turn frozen," Gardner said. "It could have some impact for us Monday morning."

Temperatures will climb back into the mid-50s Monday as clear skies return to the area.

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  • simplelogic Feb 20, 2012

    WOW! Talk about NAILING a forecast! Way to go WRAL!!!!

  • LBJ192 Feb 17, 2012

    "Snow in May. Righttttt."
    YouMakeItSoEasy

    You must be new to the area. Things change around here in an instant.

  • LBJ192 Feb 17, 2012

    "LOL!!!! If it doesn't accumulate, it isn't really snow. LOL!!! Snowflakes falling with no accumulation are an OPTICAL ILLUSION!!! Too funny."
    simplelogic

    That is funny. LOL!

  • Remy Feb 17, 2012

    "LOL!!!! If it doesn't accumulate, it isn't really snow. LOL!!! Snowflakes falling with no accumulation are an OPTICAL ILLUSION!!! Too funny."
    simplelogic

    That is quite humorous. YMISE is just getting scared that it might actually snow and he will be having some crow for dinner.

  • simplelogic Feb 17, 2012

    And if it doesn't flood, it isn't really rain, since it doesn't impact traffic - and shouldn't even be reported!!! LOL!!!

  • simplelogic Feb 17, 2012

    LOL!!!! If it doesn't accumulate, it isn't really snow. LOL!!! Snowflakes falling with no accumulation are an OPTICAL ILLUSION!!! Too funny.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 17, 2012

    "Dustings don't meet that criterion."

    Then they also don't count.

  • Remy Feb 17, 2012

    "According to NWS, NO REPORTED ACCUMULATION OF SNOW IN MAY AT RDU SINCE RECORDS STARTED IN 1944 .."
    3forme

    Don't think anyone said anything about accumulation in May. Just that it snowed.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 17, 2012

    Let the facts be heard again,

    "According to NWS, NO REPORTED ACCUMULATION OF SNOW IN MAY AT RDU SINCE RECORDS STARTED IN 1944 .."

    But there's still time to make a run for the milk, bread and TP.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 17, 2012

    "but it was not enough to measure"

    If you have to explain your forecast, or the facts, with that statement, not only was it not enough to measure, it was irrelevant. It can snow anytime it wants, but until the ground is white, it doesn't count and is a waste of the public's time. Especially when ground temps are roasting.

    Be glad you all saved on your heating bills this non-winter, you're going to need every one of those dimes, and many more, to get you back and forth to work. $4 a gallon gas will go hand in hand with triple digits and drought the rest of the year.

    Snow in May. Righttttt.

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