Raw, rainy weekend settles into N.C.

Posted December 11, 2010 11:03 a.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2010 4:06 p.m. EST

— Winter-like weather will hold dreary reign over North Carolina this weekend, keeping clouds, light rain and cold temperatures in place.

"It is going to be a little bit of a raw day," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. "It's sort of like putting lipstick on a pig, with the clouds and the rain."

Southern counties saw rain Saturday morning. Some WRAL viewers said that the rain turned into sleet and a few snowflakes in Lee and Moore counties.

"In some spots, the rain may include a few snowflakes or sleet pellets, but temperatures will warm through the atmosphere enough to give us a mainly rainy afternoon," Johnson said.

Saturday will see a high around 40 degrees and an overnight low in the mid 30s, followed by a high around 50 degrees Sunday.

Rain will be falling in most of the southern part of WRAL's viewing area by lunchtime and spread through the rest of the region throughout the afternoon.

"The good news is this rain is not going to be particularly heavy," Johnson said. "But we will be dealing with the rain showers off and on pretty much all afternoon, all evening and all night as well."

The rain will back off a little early Sunday, but by the late morning, a second weather system will usher a second round of rain into the state. The rain will continue until Sunday evening.

Rainfall totals are expected to be low, around a half-inch, Johnson said.

Mostly, he said, the weekend will just see a "damp rain" that adds "a dreariness to the day."