Snow flurries, wintry mix possible Saturday night

Posted December 3, 2010

— The Triangle could see some snow flurries or a wintry mix Saturday night, but it's not expected to stick, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Friday.

Fishel said he is "very confident" that the Triangle will see some flakes. "However, in terms of being an impact storm, not so great a chance," he added.

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A system coming from the northern Plains will sweep southeast on Saturday. Because it cannot tap into moisture off the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, it won't have a lot of precipitation to dump across the region, Fishel said.

The dry air across North Carolina and soil temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s also will prevent much precipitation from reaching the ground and sticking, he said.

"When there's that much warmth near the surface of the earth, that's going to have an effect in terms of snow falling and melting," he said.

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Saturday's high will be in the mid to upper 40s, and temperatures will remain at or above freezing late Saturday into Sunday.

"It's going to be really difficult for this (system) to cause any problems," Fishel said. "It is highly unlikely that the roads are going to be anything other than wet."

The temperatures dipped low enough on Friday that shelters in Raleigh opened up for anyone in need to spend the night. The Raleigh Rescue Mission said about 20 women and children had come in from out of the cold.

Temperatures will remain below normal into the middle of next week, with highs in the low 40s and overnight lows in the low 20s.


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  • spoonman Dec 6, 2010

    looks like it snowed and NOBODY rushed to the store to get anything except Christmas trees

    you guys just like to say "OMG bread, milk, eggs" so you have the perceived notion about being smarter than simpletons

  • BlueSkys Dec 3, 2010

    Go I laughing so hard right now....yeap bread and milk to the list also

  • Go Figure Dec 3, 2010

    time to clean out the grocery stores....ya'll heard it, HEADS up. Don't forget the toilet paper.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 3, 2010

    mulecitybabe: "It's supposed to start at "dinnertime". When is that? When I was a kid, it was dinner at noon, then supper later that day. Now it seems like dinner might be the evening meal. How about some clarification, WRAL."

    You, like I, must have grown up in a rural area. It was always Breakfast, Dinner, Supper. But in the metro areas, its Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Its all the same. Just a different lingo for a different territory.

  • nskenn Dec 3, 2010

    Bread & Milk

  • dtwilliams90 Dec 3, 2010

    Glad winter temps have arrived

  • Big Mike Dec 3, 2010

    WRAL Weather does a great job!.......but still gets the population in a frenzy with all the winter adjetives that aren't really necessary.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Dec 3, 2010

    Have we started to blame Bush for this?

  • Aceturnedjoker Dec 3, 2010

    So "little to no" accumulation makes headlines?? Wake me when there's a blizzard

  • monkeyboy Dec 3, 2010

    "just really hope the cold hangs around through Christmas!! Hate those 70 degree Christmas days. - jlpe1969

    just so you know, I-95 runs north. i hear buffalo is looking for new residents...