15 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Johnston, Nash, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Mecklenburg, VA counties. Details
Published: 2016-02-10 16:41:00
Updated: 2016-02-10 22:32:28
Posted February 10, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Arctic air will take over the Triangle for the end of the work week and could bring some winter precipitation with it.
Cold air will make its presence felt Wednesday night with temperatures in the 20s and wind chills in the teens. Cold weather sticks around during the early morning with temperatures only rising to about 22 degrees by 8 a.m.
"It's going to be tough tomorrow morning at the schools bus stops," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.
Thursday will be dry with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s and the chance to see flakes returns for Friday.
Maze said that clouds will begin developing near the coast Thursday night and precipitation should begin around 4 a.m., but snow is not expected to fall around the Triangle.
“I think it’s going to be too far away from us to really cause a problem for our area, but maybe towards the coast,” Maze said.
Models showed that the eastern part of the state would only see about a trace to a tenth of an inch of precipitation over the next two days. Maze said the Triangle could see a few flurries, but even that may be unlikely.
The coldest temperatures will take hold over the weekend with highs on Saturday and Sunday expected to remain in the low 30s with wind chills in the 20s.
“It’s going to hurt to be outside. It’s not the kind of cold we’re used to,” said Maze.
Lows on Sunday night will dip into the teens and more winter precipitation is possible for Monday. Maze said that there is a chance for a wintery mix to fall throughout the region, but that enough warm air could move in during the day to eliminate most of the snow and ice.
“It really depends on the arrival of system,” he said. "Hopefully we get the warm air to arrive before the system gets here and maybe it could be rain."