Dusting of snow possible overnight

Posted February 2, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— The Triangle and central North Carolina could get a taste of winter the next two nights, when separate systems create chances for snow showers and flurries.

The skies were clear and temperatures soared into the 60s Monday. But remember: It was Groundhog Day, and Raleigh's reliable rodent prognosticator predicted six more weeks of winter.

"This is the kind of stuff that drives people nuts – when it's in the 60s and literally hours later, it's snowing. But this is the kind of thing that happens," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

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Monday evening, winds shifted to the northwest, temperatures started to drop quickly, and rain began to fall.

The rain will change to wet snow in the Triangle around 1 a.m., and in Fayetteville around 3 a.m. By the time snowfall dissipates around daybreak, a dusting to 3 inches could have have fallen, with 2 to 3 inches possible in "a few lucky spots" around Warren, Halifax, Nash and Franklin counties.

But all that snow will stick to only grassy surfaces – not streets or highways.

"The thing is, temperatures will be staying probably above freezing across well over 90 percent of the (WRAL viewing) area all night long," Fishel said.

"The roads will be fine tomorrow morning. They'll just be wet," he continued. "We do not anticipate this being a major road problem tomorrow morning at all."

The R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner was the first organization to put a winter-weather plan into effect.

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After a chilly Tuesday with a high around 44 degrees, another another strong upper-level disturbance and a pocket of cold air will arrive in the early evening. Forecasters predicted that a light band of snow would fall across the viewing area Tuesday night, and flurries could linger as far south as Fayetteville into Wednesday morning.

And with temperatures dropping into the mid 20s that night, Wednesday's morning commute could be more troubled, Fishel said.

"With temperatures below freezing, that could create some road problems on Wednesday morning," he said.

Cold temperatures will keep their hold on central North Carolina through Thursday. But on Friday, temperatures will shoot up, jumping to near or over 60 degrees for several days.

"We'll have very cold weather, at least by North Carolina standards, Wednesday and Thursday. And then, look, bang! 58, 67, 70 (degrees) – just like that," Fishel said.

"What's likely to happen over the next seven days is just bizarre, just nothing short of bizarre."

 Tune in to WRAL News beginning at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday for the latest conditions and forecast.


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  • davidgnews Feb 2, 2009

    What's the point? if the power goes out, your milk will go bad and you can't cook the eggs anyway rae1977

    Not quite.

    I have coolers to set food in on my deck and nothing spoils. I also have a gas heat, range, and grill and can cook most of what I want, when I want in that kind of weather. No problem.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one. I do wish I had a generator for the extreme times, but I've survived fine thus far.

  • rae1977 Feb 2, 2009

    well, the people in chicago and green bay can laugh all they want to...they get more snow than what we get. We get more ICE than they do. It is so much harder driving on ice than it is snow. they could pull out their tire chains to drive on the ice and it wouldn't help. No one can drive on that's nearly impossible to predict any type of wintery precip in this state. if the moisture is just right, we will get snow...if not, then rain..that may freeze overnight into ice...or nothing at all...I've been here 31 years and i am used to this mess. i don't run out and grab eggs, milk and bread like everyone thinks. What's the point? if the power goes out, your milk will go bad and you can't cook the eggs anyway


    I smell the cooking of "frech Toast" and fried eggs cooking ......Get to local store and buy buy buy so that we can jumpstart the ecomony and maybe the new president will send us a "foul" weather stimulus check since that is all we hear these days is the word Stimulus

  • uncensoredmjd Feb 2, 2009

    Way to much media hype about snow here. Gimme a happens almost every year!!

  • Lavenderain Feb 2, 2009

    Oh, please let it snow enough that I can stay home!

  • bs101fly Feb 2, 2009

    "I think we'll get at least 4" or more"

    YOU are out of YOUR mind. Ground is too warm and it won't snow more than a couple of hours sticking to NADA! NOTHING!!! NONEYa'!

  • scarletindurham Feb 2, 2009

    "For the morning commute, it's unlikely that there'll be many problems on the roads"

    Then why the headline??????

  • PaulRevere Feb 2, 2009

    Again, I predicted a MAJOR snow storm this week LAST WEDNESDAY (see my blog on GOLO). I didn't falter when the models crashed on the storm. I think we'll get at least 4" or more...which isn't MAJOR for the transplanted Yankess, but it is MAJOR for us pure Southerners! :-)

  • bs101fly Feb 2, 2009


    Of course year rounders would have to go on Saturday, just like they did last weekend, like they'll do again on April 4th, did you parents know that? Of course they did, it's another they'll give into the system and do it THEIR WAY!

    Parents can't argue with the school baord in Wake County anyway, didn't you know that? It's their way or the highway! Highway full of buses reassigning kids ALL over the county to the farthest point from your home!

  • HappyGirl08 Feb 2, 2009

    Awesome. I better go buy some eggs, I already have bread and milk. I must follow the "laws" of snow!