Fishel: Borderline temps will make it hard for any snow to stick

Posted December 7, 2017 5:28 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

— As the potential for snow on Friday swirls around the Triangle, it doesn't come with any chance for the snow to stick.

A mix of rain and snow will roll through the Triangle and surrounding counties beginning Friday afternoon. But recent warm temperatures will make it nearly impossible for the snow to linger.

"That's going to be our real problem with the developing situation for tomorrow night and into early Saturday," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "It's just been so warm on the ground that it will have to snow very hard to get enough to even create a little dusting on surfaces."

One-tenth of an inch of snowfall is possible along and north of Interstate 85, but the possibility of snow sticking tapers off closer to the Triangle, he said.

Probability of snow

"I don't anticipate any accumulation really from the Triangle area eastward," Fishel said. "The area near and around Roxboro is most favored."

Probability of snow

A cold rain moves into the area on Thursday night and will stick around until Saturday.

"Friday will mainly be a cold, rainy day," Fishel said. "Mainly rain in the Triangle with a few periods of snow, mixed in depending how hard the stuff comes down."

Even after the skies clear of snow and rain, the cold sticks around into next week, with forecast highs only in the 40s.

Lows on Saturday and Sunday dip into the upper 20s.

Sunday and Monday will offer mostly clear skies, but a true relief from winter's cold is nowhere in the seven-day forecast.

7-Day Forecast

"Cold and dry to start out next week with a really cold day to start out next Wednesday," Fishel said.