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Snow on Saturday? Iffy

Posted December 17, 2010

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— Triangle residents can expect to see rain and wet snowflakes Saturday evening, clearing up in time for a precipitation-free Sunday.

A rain storm from the south will move north and east Saturday afternoon, while a snow storm from the west mingles Will the Triangle and surrounding areas see snow Saturday night? It's iffy, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, who said the latest weather models show the storm missing the area.

"It doesn’t mean we won’t see any snow. It just means our confidence is low," she said.

On Thursday, WeatherScope predicted that all the precipitation would stay off the North Carolina coast. Then, Friday morning, it showed a little burst of snow over the Triangle. By Friday afternoon, however, WeatherScope said the storm should stay east of the Triangle.

"This is one of those really tricky situations. It’s a coastal storm, which can always be difficult to predict," Gardner said. "(Coastal storms) typically develop rapidly, so this storm hasn’t even fully developed yet. That’s one problem. Then, there’s always the question of how far inland does it come?"

WRAL has other computer models, which are still showing that the Triangle will receive snow. Gardner said it's tough to predict until the storm develops further.

"It’ll be at the last minute that this (storm) develops, and then we’ll have to see where it is in relationship to our coast," she said.

As for Friday, "it's actually going to be a pretty nice day today – partly cloudy, 45 degrees," said Gardner. "That's about as warm as we've seen it for a while."

Saturday, though, will be a different story. The skies will cloud over completely, and the day's high will retreat into the upper 30s or low 40s.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

The daylight hours of Sunday and all of Monday appear as if they will be precipitation-free. Highs will stay in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Then, on Tuesday, another weather system again raises the possibility of snow or rain.

"We're expecting rain, but the way things have gone lately, we've got a close eye on Tuesday," Gardner said. "We're not ruling out the chance of something frozen on Tuesday."

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  • WooHoo2You Dec 17, 2010

    Nope, not a member or follower of the Tea Party. I love when people make blanket generalizations about my politics. Global warming=JUNK SCIENCE....It's a fact. These "scientists" were CAUGHT lying. FACT!!! Time for you to stop listening to Algore.-
    ProudConservative2

    And King James had stuff added to the bible... Well that is that. God is not real according to "ProudConservative2." They caught a VERY VERY (don't forget VERY) small percentage of scientist lying. If Newton had lied about gravity we could all fly right? That's your 'logic' not mine.

  • Plenty Coups Dec 17, 2010

    Sources clearing any wrongdoing in the so-called "climategate". It's a myth conservatives!

    Report of House of Commons investigation:http://climateprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/HC387-IUEAFinalEmbargoedv21.pdf

    Factcheck (independent source)-http://www.factcheck.org/2009/12/climategate/

    Yet another investigation-http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20009478-501465.html

    I'm waiting for the credible evidence from the deniers.

  • Plenty Coups Dec 17, 2010

    Proud Conservative-"Global warming=JUNK SCIENCE....It's a fact. These "scientists" were CAUGHT lying. FACT!!! Time for you to stop listening to Algore."

    Those emails didn't prove anything except that you shouldn't believe snippets of cherry picked information taken out of context. A number of INDEPENDENT investigations cleared these scientists of any wrongdoing. Besides, it doesn't even change the science. In your eagerness to claim its a "FACT" that global warming is "JUNK SCIENCE" you neglect to mention any credible source that would support you. Most scientists are convinced of global warming so I'd like to see any evidence you have that doesn't claim right wing blog sites or opinion pieces as sources.
    I'll provide my sources. I'll wait for any deniers sources. (I won't hold my breath)

  • snowfreak Dec 17, 2010

    Trust me 2-4. ;) I have sources and some models are hinting at a bigger system. Local news is going to mislead the people and when sunday rolls around roads will be a disaster

  • working for deadbeats Dec 17, 2010

    Find anything but 1/2 inch of snow here....

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=rah&FcstType=text&zmx=1&zmy=1&site=RAH&map.x=205&map.y=108

  • working for deadbeats Dec 17, 2010

    "but your tea party daddies tell you it's a lie so you blindly believe them because you can't think for yourself" rocker96

    So what you are saying is that if you DO believe Al Gore, you're an independent thinker?
    If you don't believe Al Gore than you're a bling follower? The double standards of liberals is the 8th wonder of the world.

  • working for deadbeats Dec 17, 2010

    iroh67, can you post a link please? I saw 1/2 inch at most on NOAA

  • ProudConservative2 Dec 17, 2010

    "yeah global warming it should be 110 around here, right?

    stupid =- it don't affect temperature it is weather patterns

    but your tea party daddies tell you it's a lie so you blindly believe them because you can't think for yourself"
    rocker96

    Nope, not a member or follower of the Tea Party. I love when people make blanket generalizations about my politics. Global warming=JUNK SCIENCE....It's a fact. These "scientists" were CAUGHT lying. FACT!!! Time for you to stop listening to Algore.

  • iroh67 Dec 17, 2010

    mhhh....noaa seems to be hinting at we might have a big one...and that winter weather advisories should be posted....

  • working for deadbeats Dec 17, 2010

    This was a whole lotta' nothing and so was Thursday's non-event. Let me know when we have something decent on the way, but then again I'd rather just wake up and look outside.

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