Possibility of snow lingers

Posted December 16, 2009
Updated December 17, 2009

7-Day Forecast

— A low pressure system will develop over the Gulf of Mexico Thursday and track northeast along the North Carolina coast late Friday into Saturday, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

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Depending on the track of the system, there could be a chance of snow, or a rain and snow mix, over the Triangle. However, much uncertainty remains concerning the strength and track of the system.

"A change of just over one to two degrees anywhere in the lowest two miles of the atmosphere could make a significant difference in whether the WRAL viewing area sees snow or just plain rain," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

If the storm system tracks close to the coast, the chance for significant wintry precipitation would increase. The primary threat for this would be Friday night into Saturday morning.

"If this system is all rain, it is quite possible many locations could see up to an inch. If it is all snow, and we held to a 10:1 ratio, some areas could see up to 10 inches of snow," Maze explained. "But it is too early to tell if any areas will see 100 percent snow, but if we did, it would be significant."

There is the possibility of a second system bringing wintry conditions late Saturday. The air would be cold enough for snow, but it wasn't yet clear whether any precipitation would actually form, Fishel said.


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  • carla349 Dec 16, 2009

    "However, just in case I could be wrong--as I have been once or twice--I will stock up on my favorite relaxing beverages!" ~ usharrisons

    Finally someone with some sense. If I'm going to be snowed in what the HECK am I gonna do with bread and eggs? I'm stocking up on snacks and booze. Let it snow...let it snow..

  • JAKOFALLTRADES Dec 16, 2009

    did he say 10:1 ratio so..... 10" of the white stuff is possible? mmmmm sounds good

  • colliedave Dec 16, 2009

    I just wish they would admit they haven't got a clue regarding the weather forecast. Not because of their abilities; it is just there are so many factors in the area that make a precise forecast difficult

  • TeresaBee Dec 16, 2009

    Snow creams! Gloves,hats,shovels,ice scrapers,firelogs,soup,hot coca,movie,husband.. Ok I am ready!

  • cjc069 Dec 16, 2009

    let it snow, let it snow , let it snow

  • sparfitt Dec 16, 2009

    Yeah, but the thunder thing only holds true if it is the winter season. Remember we are still in the fall season. Although I would love to see the white stuff, it is always a pleasure as long as I don't have to travel. Bring it on.

  • usharrisons Dec 16, 2009

    Having spent all of my 43 years living in and around Raleigh, I can say with confidence that we will have 35-degree(F) rain! However, just in case I could be wrong--as I have been once or twice--I will stock up on my favorite relaxing beverages!

  • mford2 Dec 16, 2009

    I think the tell is thunder in the winter, then snow within 10 days. Either way would luv to see it snow

  • thefensk Dec 16, 2009

    Bread! Milk! Eggs!

  • Uncle Jed Dec 16, 2009

    french toast