Snow to hold down temps in coming days

Posted January 17, 2018 8:47 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 11:17 a.m. EDT

— An avalanche of snow – not literally, but much more than expected – across central North Carolina on Wednesday will affect weather in the area for the next few days, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.

Snow wasn't expected to clear out of eastern North Carolina counties until early Thursday after a winter storm dumped as much as a foot of snow in the Triangle.

Although sunny skies were expected to return Thursday, Wilmoth said temperatures will struggle to get out of the 30s. That forecast compares with highs in the mid-40s predicted earlier this week.

"The sun is going to be working to melt the snow instead of heating up the air," she said.

Temperatures will fall back into the low 20s Thursday night, refreezing some of what melted during the day.

On Friday, the process repeats, with highs in the upper 40s rather than in the low 50s as previously expected.

"Our snowpack is deeper than we expected, so it depends on how much melting we need as to whether we can make it to 50 on Friday," Wilmoth said.

Winds will shift over the weekend, bringing milder air from the southwest into central North Carolina and accelerating the melting.

Highs on Saturday should get into the mid-50s, and the overnight low going into Sunday will drop only into the mid-30s, breaking the melting-refreezing cycle, she said.

Sunday and Monday should bring plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s.