Maze: Wintry precipitation possible this weekend

Posted January 26, 2010
Updated January 27, 2010

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— It’s hard to say for certain just whether the Triangle will see snow, rain or nothing at all this weekend, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said Tuesday evening.

“It looks pretty promising that a lot of the area could see some snow early Saturday and into the afternoon," he said.

Tuesday was mostly sunny, windy and colder, with a high temperature of about 50 degrees across central North Carolina.

"High pressure built into the region, making it a much colder than what we had on Monday," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "For the next few days, we will have high pressure as our main weather feature, which will ensure dry and bright weather."

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and cool, with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Thursday will be a warmer, with temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s.

The significant change would come Friday, as a storm system moves into the Carolinas from the Deep South, Maze said. Colder air arrives first, followed by an area of moisture that could bring wintry precipitation.

"If the cold air continues to move in as the system arrives, then we could be looking at a significant snow for parts of North Carolina,” Maze said.

The moisture stays in the forecast through midday Saturday, and the forecast calls for a high temperatures only in the 30s both Friday and Saturday.


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  • Krzyzewskiectomy Jan 26, 2010

    I think all of you folks who aren't taking this seriously need to start paying atention. Your local mets aren't sure because the models like the GFS, NAM, Canadian and Euro have taken this storm and ejected it south of central North Carolina putting you in the bullseyes at this moment for snow. The DGEX on its latest run was showing 1-2 feet for central North Carolina, but that is more than likely too optimistic. More than likely you would be in the 6-10 range minimum with the potential for more as well as ice in the area. These models usually trend north, but with cold air supression and the Bermuda high weakening it looks like you have a chance for a major winter storm. Have fun with it.

  • BurninStick Jan 26, 2010

    Has anyone else noticed that the really big snowfalls are rarely predicted? Eastern NC saw genuine blizzard conditions with ~18 inches accumulation in 1980. THAT was a "snow event," and most media outlets were unable to provide sufficient notice. Was I PO'd? Why heck no. It was a wonderful experience, kinda like Christmas morning...not sure what you're gonna get. Ain't nothing but a thang y'all...

  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 26, 2010

    On the 6 oclock news, Deb mentioned a "return" to winter weather...wouldn't that mean we have already had some winter weather? (Maybe she was referring to the temperature and not all the 'snow events'.)

  • SatelliteBgan Jan 26, 2010

    UPDATE! I just checked my Weather Rock and can verify it was not wet nor did it have any snow on it so I can say with authority it is not raining or snowing. I did notice that it was getting a little difficult to see which an indication that night is coming. Boy, this thing as accurate.

  • time4real Jan 26, 2010

    "professional meteorologist around here will be loosing a lot of sleep over the next few days!"

    boo hoo, all they'll be doing is figuring out a way to wipe off that egg. good thing they make 5 times as most "viewing area" residents, since they have to work so hard at their own doing!

  • time4real Jan 26, 2010

    I smell a blizzard or a whole lotta egg!
    I predict the egg!!

    "I love how they hedge their bets with sleet, snow, freezing rain or nothing. I could forecast that."

    Ain't that the truth!

    Here's what I heard, "it seems crazy we're talking about the "potential" of winter weather this far out", then why again are we? It will change by this time tomorrow or they'll issue an Armageddon warning!

    0 for 7 is my call for them, so go boys! And Lulu the weather go too!

  • 3forme Jan 26, 2010

    it's coming ..about 4 to 5 heard it here first...

  • 5-113 FA Retired Jan 26, 2010

    Weather entertainment is all we get here. My cat has a better accuracy percentage than any of the local networks. If she won't go outside, I know the weather sucks and go to work. If she goes outside without using my foot as a motivator, I call in sick and hook up the boat.

  • SatelliteBgan Jan 26, 2010

    I'm going to stick with my "Weather Rock" which is never wrong.

  • jtPER Jan 26, 2010

    How is it that WRAL has all these college educated meterologists, Super Duper Mega Ultra 50000000 Doppler, and they STILL don't know what the weather will be until that day?