Flurries fly, temperatures drop
Heavy snow showers were reported in downtown Durham, in Cary and in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon. An upper-level area of low pressure moving out of the area was "squeezing out some snow flurries," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.
Heavy snow showers were reported in downtown Durham, in Cary and in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon. An upper-level area of low pressure was "squeezing out some snow flurries" as it moved out of the area, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.
WRAL viewers reported seeing flakes in north Raleigh, in Oxford, in Tarboro and in Carrboro. Flurries were visible from the windows of the WRAL studio on Western Boulevard.
Roanoke Rapids residents reported snow Tuesday morning. Schools closed in three western counties after officials decided that light snowfall made roads too slick for buses.
"Snow showers are driven by the same thing that causes summer-time thunderstorms – a rapid decrease of temperature with height," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
Not everyone saw snow, but everyone could feel the chill in the air, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"We've got a huge cool down on our hands," she said. "It's very cold for this time of year."
The low will dip into the 20s before dawn Wednesday. Tomorrow shapes up to be less windy, clear and just as cold.
Thursday shapes up as the warmest day of the week, with a high in the mid-50s being forecast.
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.