Cold rain, not flakes, likely in Triangle Saturday

Posted December 4, 2009

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— Clouds moved in to the Triangle Friday afternoon, but the chance for snow over the weekend seems slight.

"It just doesn't appear that things are going to get cold enough quick enough here for us to have any big problems with snow around these parts," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Saturday simply looks messy and raw. "It is really not going to be a nice day," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Saturday will see a big batch of cold air from the Midwest converge with an upper-level disturbance and moisture from the southeast over North Carolina by mid-afternoon.

“That cold air banked up on the other side of the mountains will pour into North Carolina,” Johnson said. “Just how quickly the cold catches up with the rain will determine who sees snow.”

The surface temperature is sure to stay above freezing, Fishel said, limiting the degree to which precipitation can change to sleet or snow.

Central North Carolina will first see drizzle and light rain overnight into Saturday morning. The rain will get stronger during the day, and areas east of Interstate 95 could get up to an inch of rain.

After starting in the mid 40s, temperatures Saturday will fall throughout the day, dropping into the upper 20s during the night.

As the freezing temperatures move in, however, the precipitation will be moving out to the north and east, leaving the slightest chance for some flakes during the transition near the Virginia border.

“By Saturday evening, by 8 p.m., the party’s over,” Johnson said. “It will be turning cold, but that's about it.”

With overnight temperatures dipping below freezing Saturday, any rain left on the roads could create slick spots on bridges or overpasses, he warned.

Sunday will see a repeat of the cold, but the sun returns, and highs will be in the mid to upper 40s.


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  • gregg45 Dec 4, 2009

    oh well.. it never rains in southern california,, and it does not snow here in more county,,

  • gregg45 Dec 4, 2009

    well , when it snows in new oleans,, i would have hoped for a sleet pellet here . 700 mile more north

  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 4, 2009

    Hey gsmith: Name the track, Jack. Find out if you can outdrive THIS local. (hint: when you learn how to thrash a car around on dirt roads first, you develop a feel for the limits) The home of NASCAR isn't just some title that was HANDED to us, you know. ;)

  • rbarham3 Dec 4, 2009

    Cut some slack, folks. Why is it that everytime WRAL predicts possible precipation, we have meterologists suddenly appear from everywhere saying they don't know what they are talking about? It's not an exact science, you know.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Dec 4, 2009

    What difference does it make anyway?!?! People from around here can't drive in good weather.

  • daisymom Dec 4, 2009

    It isn't going to snow! Ok, now that I have said that, it will snow a foot!

  • Here kitty kitty Dec 4, 2009

    No flakes? OOOPS! Now what are they going to do with all the extra milk and bread they just ran out and bought?

  • time4real Dec 4, 2009

    "the moisture required for precipitation will likely end before cold air gets to the Triangle"

    how MANY times will we hear this over the next 3 or 4 months?

  • timothycapwell Dec 4, 2009

    Errrr...tomorrow's top headline: "Snow Catches Experts By Surprise"

  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 4, 2009

    No....But somebody wrote one FOR Sarah Palin. ;) ;)