82 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2009-01-30 12:43:00
Updated: 2009-01-30 15:49:51
Posted January 30, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — Super Bowl fans – and everyone else – in the Triangle and nearby areas should find super weather Sunday as temperatures jump to around 60 degrees during the day.
Friday was mostly sunny and cool, with highs around 50 degrees. An upper level disturbance was moving through the area in the afternoon, but no one expected it to be strong enough or moist enough to produce anything noticeable.
Saturday will be sunny, breezy and a bit cooler, with a high around 45 degrees. A quick warm up is expected Sunday as temperatures jump to near 60 degrees.
But like the Super Bowl and its halftime show, the pleasant weather will come to an end.
“Don't get used to the warmth since it appears some major cold is coming thereafter,” said WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
A low-pressure system is expected to develop in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday.
“Where is goes plays a big part in what kind of weather we get,” Gardner said.
WRAL’s viewing area should see heavy rain on Monday, which could change to snow overnight into Tuesday.
“Boy, who knows what’s going to happen with this one. It’s hard to pinpoint a storm that hasn’t fully developed yet,” Gardner said.
If the system heads toward western North Carolina, the Triangle will mostly see rain on Tuesday. If it heads to the central part of the state, our area could see a mixture of rain and snow. If the storm heads east, the Triangle could see a lot more snow.