Flurries fly, temperatures drop

Posted November 18, 2008
Updated November 19, 2008

— Bitterly cold winds blew across the state Tuesday as a few places reported snow flurries.

Heavy snow showers were reported in downtown Durham, in Cary and in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon. An upper-level area of low pressure was "squeezing out some snow flurries" as it moved out of the area, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.

WRAL viewers reported seeing flakes in north Raleigh, in Oxford, in Tarboro and in Carrboro. Flurries were visible from the windows of the WRAL studio on Western Boulevard.

Roanoke Rapids residents reported snow Tuesday morning. Schools closed in three western counties after officials decided that light snowfall made roads too slick for buses.

"Snow showers are driven by the same thing that causes summer-time thunderstorms – a rapid decrease of temperature with height," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Not everyone saw snow, but everyone could feel the chill in the air, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

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"We've got a huge cool down on our hands," she said. "It's very cold for this time of year."

With wind chill, Tuesday afternoon temperatures will feel like they are just at the freezing mark. Fishel said temperatures on Tuesday reached the mid-40s, which was "colder than normal" for even the middle of January.

As the system departs the area in the afternoon, the air will dry and temperatures will fall even further than they did on Monday.

The low will dip into the 20s before dawn Wednesday. Tomorrow shapes up to be less windy, clear and just as cold.

Thursday shapes up as the warmest day of the week, with a high in the mid-50s being forecast.

Early computer models show the cold returning and temperatures dropping back below the freezing mark by the weekend. If you are headed out to the Christmas parade in Raleigh on Saturday, Fishel said, bundle up.

In anticipation of nights below freezing, staff and volunteers with the Durham Rescue Mission are touring areas known to be frequented by the homeless to offer transportation and shelter. The mission is open to men at 1201 E. Main St. Women and children may seek shelter at the Good Samaritan Inn, 507 E. Knox St.


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  • bs101fly Nov 18, 2008

    it was a blizzard Auntie Emm!

    0 for 1 in the winter weather forecasting department!

    By winters end it will be 0 for 212!!!!

  • mtdeck Nov 18, 2008

    We had very light snow flurries down here in Fayetteville, NC around 1:45pm.

  • Sandollar Nov 18, 2008

    Arapahoe,NC, down by the beach, has had snow flurries 3 times today.

  • raeannsimpson Nov 18, 2008

    We've had snow flurries down here in the McDaniels Crossroads area of Sampson County on and off since 1:30 this afternoon. My mom has snow out at Snead's Ferry today as well. Actually, she's had more out there than we have here so far. Surprising since it's only November...

  • missy01 Nov 18, 2008

    i can't believe it! there have been over 90 posts about the snow. waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy too much time on our hands...(yes, including me)

  • Dalphine Nov 18, 2008

    To mmafighterwife - I am from Snow Hill but do not live there now. How long did it snow in Snow Hill? and what part of town do you live? My mother lives from of West Harper Street.

  • 050462 Nov 18, 2008

    It has been alternating between snowing and sunshine here in RTP. So to all of you that are arguing back and forth, you are both right. I just can't believe they closed some schools for this.

    only schools closed are in western nc,GET A CLUE!!!

  • 050462 Nov 18, 2008

    its snowing again,might continue tonite who really knows?they don't

  • cnc12 Nov 18, 2008

    Clayton high students got to see about 30 min of snow today in 4th bloack around 1:30!

  • leo-nc Nov 18, 2008

    Heavy? hehe. I was in the snow flurries. I wouldn't classify them anywhere near heavy but hey, still cool to see.