Weekend will be cold, but likely dry

Posted February 20, 2009

— Wintry temperatures will take hold late this weekend, but the chance of snowfall on Sunday is looking "less and less likely," WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Friday.

A cold front will pass through North Carolina early Sunday, but it won't have a lot of moisture with it. Any precipitation it produces should be brief.

"All computer models are in good agreement that this is going to be a non-event," Gardner said, adding that any substantial snowfall will be "well back into the mountains."

After midnight Saturday, a few flakes mixed with light rain could fall through mid-morning. Counties near the Virginia border will have the best shot at a brief change-over to a few flurries.

"It won't be enough to cause any accumulation. It's just not going to be a big deal for us," Gardner said.

The forecast is so dry that the N.C. Division of Forest Resources issued a warning against outdoor burning for Sunday. The National Weather Service said Friday that a fire weather watch may be necessary for parts of the Triangle, Triad and Sandhills.

Forecasters noted the possibility of wildfires due to strong, gusty northwest winds combined with unusually low humidity.

Before the cold front arrives, Saturday will see a slight warm-up, reaching a high in the mid 50s.

"The warmth that's off to our west arrives tomorrow (Saturday). And as soon as it comes in, it goes right back out," Gardner said.

Chilly air will linger after the cold front passes through Sunday, making for a cold start to next week. Temperatures will drop into the low 20s overnight and struggle to get into the high 40s through Wednesday.

"Winter is hanging on," Gardner said.


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  • twright530 Feb 20, 2009


  • colliedave Feb 20, 2009

    given WRAL's history with Winter weather forecasts, we are in for several inches of snow

  • Pineview Style Feb 20, 2009

    "Wow what a surprise! A wrong forecast is almost as predictable as the "Stale" French Toast references." -Blues Man Z

    That pretty much sums it up!

  • jkca Feb 20, 2009

    Good! Resdy for warmer weather here!

  • tooter9565 Feb 20, 2009

    I do not care either way. I am not going to be here! I will be where the weather is 65 to 70 that nice comfort zone not too hot not too cold! Have a Great Weekend all!

  • smegma Feb 20, 2009

    Look where we live. Up north it's easy to say snow is coming. Down south it's easy to say here comes more rain. We are right on the line. You people complain that our forecasters don't know what they're doing. I think Greg is one of the best in the nation. He's brilliant. Forecasting out 5 days in advance is idiotic, but it's his boss that tells him to do it. Gets you to tune in more. I noticed Sunday night they didn't play the weather til 11:25pm. hmmm

  • starrider99 Feb 20, 2009

    No snow for the Triangle?
    Why am I NOT surprised???

  • wxfreak Feb 20, 2009

    Good...go away snow...I'm ready for 93 and 72 with afternoon T-storms everyday....

  • Roach Feb 20, 2009

    Bring on SPRING!

  • Custom Made Feb 20, 2009

    We'll probably get a foot of snow now. Most of the time it's the exact opposite of what they say when it comes to snow here.