24 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Wayne, Nash, Franklin, and Halifax counties. Details
Published: 2012-02-17 15:08:00
Updated: 2012-02-17 23:36:17
Posted February 17, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle is in for a weekend of two distinct seasonal feels. Saturday should be mild, with temperatures reaching the mid-60s, but by Monday morning winter will return.
The change will come in about 24 hours from late Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening. After a relatively nice day, Saturday evening gets more and more cloudy and thunderstorms – some of which could be severe – will make their way into central North Carolina, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth 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."
On Sunday, it will get progressively colder through the day, and as the air cools, any precipitation could turn icy, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
"At some point during the day Sunday, we're going to see a change-over," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. Some of the rain could even become snow overnight and early Monday. "We might get a few flakes in the air," he said.
"The chance for an inch of snow to fall in Raleigh is one in four, but the ground is so warm, even if an inch falls we would never see an inch on the ground," Fishel said.
Maze said Raleigh and Fayetteville could see a trace of precipitation. The chances for snowfall and accumulation are greater toward the Virginia border.
After the sun comes up on Monday morning, any lingering ice or snow will quickly melt away.
"Some bridges and overpasses might be slick by Monday morning," Fishel said, urging caution for the President's Day commute.
Snow or no, students on traditional calendars in Wake County public schools have Monday off for a teacher work day.