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Weekend forecast ranges from mild to 'maybe a flake'

Posted February 17, 2012

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— 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. 

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"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. 

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  • injameswetrust2003 Feb 17, 2012

    "A light dusting turned into a 2 foot+ blizzard back in 2000. So ladies and gentlemen, rev-up the shopping carts and hit the grocery stores."-Mika

    I sure hope everyone doesn't follow your "logic."

  • Mika Feb 17, 2012

    Ambygirl is right on her comments. A light dusting turned into a 2 foot+ blizzard back in 2000. So ladies and gentlemen, rev-up the shopping carts and hit the grocery stores.

  • dontstopnow Feb 17, 2012

    I have planted potatoes so let the rain fall. When I dig all those wonderful tasting taters, I will be thankful of the rain and even the 'flake' if it falls.... LOVE NC WEATHER... always a surprise.

  • jblake1932 Feb 17, 2012

    Load up the brime trucks, boys!!

  • Shamrock Feb 17, 2012

    "Amazing... the perfect occupation! To be a weatherman is to be consistently wrong and still have a job."

    Even more funny that some think they are weatherman when they aren't. At least those at WRAL get paid for it.

  • TeresaBee Feb 17, 2012

    We have enough "flakes" in Raleigh.

  • AlbertEinstein Feb 17, 2012

    Amazing... the perfect occupation! To be a weatherman is to be consistently wrong and still have a job.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 17, 2012

    Ooops, back it down a bit, backin' it down. Now it's 'maybe a flake'. Kroger will be upset with that change in forecast.

    As we prepare for near 70 by the end of next week, as Spring arrives in full force, as the ground cracks further, the weeds and bugs begin to take over and flu? what flu!

    Enjoy!!

  • Ambygirl Feb 17, 2012

    simplelogic, same thing in 2000. And they said we would barely get a dusting! Ended up with 24 inches and it was 70= degrees the week before!! As you said, it's probably not going to happen this time but it CAN happen...

    Have a great weekend!

  • ncouterbanks69 Feb 17, 2012

    Go away snow.....you stay up north where you belong. These 60 degree winters are great!!!!!

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