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Freezing Rain Possible Thursday Night

Posted December 6, 2005 8:47 a.m. EST

— Weather forecasters are saying there is a chance of some winter weather in the Triangle region Thursday night.

The National Weather Service says that there is a 50 percent chance of precipitation Thursday night -- and that some of that precipition could be freezing rain.

Moisture approaching the area from the south and west later Thursday and Thursday night will encounter a shallow, chilly air mass at the surface, leading to the likelihood of cold rain developing and lasting into the mid to late morning hours on Friday, said WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss.

Rainfall could be substantial again, potentially in the one half to one inch range, Moss said.

"Temperatures may also be borderline for wintry precipitation from around the Triangle area north and west, with the currently projected temperature structure favoring a mix of rain and freezing rain in that area, perhaps with some pockets of sleet," Moss said.

Toward the Virginia line and back toward the Triad area, there may be enough entrenched cold air for accumulations of ice, while deeper cold air toward the northern mountains and foothills could lead to snow developing there.

"Some of the particulars in terms of the speed, intensity and location of low pressure affecting the state remain difficult to pin down with confidence as yet, and the type and coverage of precipitation we receive will depend strongly on those factors," Moss said.