24 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Wayne, Nash, Franklin, and Halifax counties. Details
Published: 2009-02-21 06:34:00
Updated: 2009-02-22 06:36:20
Posted February 21, 2009
Updated February 22, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — The brief respite of seasonable warmth Saturday will yield to wintry weather that will last into mid-week and might produce a few snow flakes early Sunday.
A high pressure system passed over North Carolina Saturday morning, allowing southerly winds to blow in during the afternoon. The temperatures rose to the mid to upper 50s.
A cold front, though, started pushing over the state late Saturday night. It will likely drop some light rain overnight, and after daybreak Sunday, some light snow and flurries could fall briefly.
"These aren't the kind that are going to coat the ground or cause any accumulation," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. "They'll kind of be in, be out, probably mixed with a little light rain here and there."
The system will break up as it moves over North Carolina mountains overnight, and most of the cold front's precipitation will stay north of the state. A weak low expected to form along the cold front will deliver the slim shot at snow the state has.
Early Sunday there is a possibility light rain could turn into snow flurries, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.
“If that moisture is a little bit slow to move out of that area...we do have that brief period of seeing some snow showers,” Deaner said. “No travel problems are expected and no accumulations problems as well.”
"There'll be some clouds hanging around tomorrow morning. Within that cloud shield, there may be a few flurries, light snow showers or sprinkles. But don't expect much out of that," Moss said.
The sun will drive away the clouds and come out in the afternoon. Winds will be blustery, gusting up to 30 mph.
Sunday's high will be around 48 degrees, but winds should make it feel like it is in the upper 30s and lower 40s, Deaner said.
Temperatures will stay on the "cool side of normal" as the new week starts, Moss said.