No snow, but cold continues

Posted March 27, 2011
Updated March 28, 2011

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— The unseasonable cold will stick around for at least one more day in the Triangle. A freeze warning is effect from midnight through 8 a.m. Tuesday and the temperature could fall to about 30 degrees, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Snow flurries flew across parts of the Triangle Monday morning. Most of central North Carolina saw some spotty cold rain and sleet, a contrast to 60-degree temperatures that are normal for the last week in March.

Last month, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel predicted that there would be no more measurable snow at RDU this winter or spring and offered to take a chilly dip in WRAL's fountain should he be wrong. 

It looks like he won't have to pay off that wager, Gardner said.

Fish wins bet, gets wet Fish wins bet, still gets wet

It has snowed this late in the season in the Triangle. Records kept at Raleigh-Durham International Airport show snow on March 28, 1947, (0.3 inches), April 11, 1989, (0.8 inches) and April 18, 1983, (1.8 inches).

As of noon Monday, a trace of snow had been reported in Hillsborough, but other recording stations, including Durham, Johnston and Wake counties only showed a trace of sleet, according to the National Weather Service.

"Snow does not have to accumulate to be 'measurable,'" Fishel said. "When snow falls and melts, the melted amount is measured, and if it is .01 inches of liquid or more, it goes down as a measurable snow event."

Fishel lost snow bet in February 2005 and had to sit in the fountain on a day when everyone else was wearing heavy coats.

Monday's high will be in the low 40s. Then, temperatures are expected to plunge overnight. Later Tuesday, clouds will give way to sunshine – but only briefly.

On Wednesday, clouds and a chance of rain return. The temperatures will become moderate – in the mid to upper 50s – though that's still a few degrees below normal.

A pattern of clouds, cool temperatures and occasional chances of rain will persist through the week.


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  • lma1973 Mar 29, 2011

    Just wait-we'll be in the mid 90's in just a few weeks with no rain in sight. It will be windy as all get out and dry and hot!!

  • Shamrock Mar 29, 2011

    If you are good, maybe your daddy will take you outside to play in the brine.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 29, 2011

    The brine alert is going off again. Apparently it's 3" deep on I-40.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 28, 2011

    no snow? No squat! It's been summer for weeks, we're just in a lull. smokin' hot, epic drought and water restrictions will be the norm going forward for the next many months.

  • jailorjoe1978 Mar 28, 2011

    ty320f... dont feed the trolls. the brine/brime argument was an old trolling on wral that everyone walked in to like lemmings. dont be a lemming. all it does is make the comment board ineffective and fills it with nonsense.

  • mfarmer1 Mar 28, 2011

    I Like It Cold

  • justcommonsense Mar 28, 2011

    Got news for the naysayers and neggie Nancy's. I'm to the North of Raleigh in the Roxboro/Timberlake area and got a lot of rain Saturday afternoon and night.

    Plenty of pretty snowflakes for over 2 hrs this morning as well. No, nothing stuck but it was pretty.

    As for AuntGertie or whatever your screen name...where in the devil do you come up with days and weeks of 80 degree temps this winter????? I sure as the heck haven't seen that since Thanksgiving or just before. It's been a long cold winter to me...I do not remember one as cool as this one in many, many a year...sheesh.

  • cheezchicken Mar 28, 2011

    Geosol- well said- you are so right! Cheers!

  • ty320f Mar 28, 2011

    "Almost brime time if it snows again!!"

    I realize you are a nobody who has nothing better to do but post on local news channels' comment forums all day long, but at least get your facts straight. It's BRINE, not BRIME.

  • lma1973 Mar 28, 2011

    No luck needed. Im winning anyway. Cant lose.