Cold, possible flurries in forecast

Posted November 17, 2008 3:36 p.m. EST
Updated November 18, 2008 5:58 a.m. EST

— There is a slight possibility for snow flurries during the Tuesday morning commute, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said, but the bigger story is the cold that is guaranteed.

Most parts of the Triangle will wake up to temperatures below freezing, and the whipping wind will keep it feeling unseasonably cool for much of the day.

"It's really going to be a stinging day, despite the fact that we have some sunshine," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The chance for flakes ranges from nothing to a dusting. "Not everybody's going to see flurries," Maze said. Scattered snow flurries or a snow shower may accompany the cold during the morning commute.

"A vigorous storm crossing the area during the morning hours in the upper atmosphere may produce the lift necessary to develop clouds and precipitation," Maze explained. He qualified that, however, by noting that storms that come from the northwest, as this system does, rarely generate enough moisture to produce snow.

The greatest chance to see flakes occurs as the system passes, Fishel said. No accumulation is expected.

"At worst, we'll see a dusting in some spots," Maze said.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy and very cool, with highs in the low 40s and winds gusting up to 25 mph.

"It is going to really feel like winter around here, despite the fact that the season doesn't officially start for another month," Fishel said.

The cold is here to stay, though. Thursday shapes up as the warmest day of the week, with a high in the mid-50s being forecast.

Early computer models show the cold returning and temperatures dropping back below the freezing mark by the weekend. If you are headed out to , Fishel said, bundle up.

In anticipation of nights below freezing, staff and volunteers with the Durham Rescue Mission are touring areas known to be frequented by the homeless to offer transportation and shelter. The mission is open to men at 1201 E. Main St. Women and children may seek shelter at the Good Samaritan Inn, 507 E. Knox St.