Wintry weather teases North Carolina

Posted January 22, 2011 11:19 a.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2011 3:14 p.m. EST

— Wintry weather hasn't given up teasing North Carolina.

The coast is getting coated with snow Saturday, and inland areas could get a shot at wintry weather during the start of the work week.

A low rolling up the coast of North Carolina will likely produce snow showers from Wilmington to Manteo Saturday afternoon.

WRAL viewers reported that it was snowing in Emerald Isle, Ocean Isle and Morehead City.

"Over along the coast, there could be some measurable precipitation in terms of snowfall. It wouldn't be impossible to see anywhere from just a trace to 1 to 2 inches," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

The Triangle and central counties will stay dry this weekend.

"It is going to be a little on the frigid side," Moss said, with a high around 36 degrees Saturday and 44 degrees Sunday. Temperatures will dip into the low 20s both nights.

A winter weather system barreling in from the west could begin to lightly affect the area on Monday.

"We may see a stray flurry or two in spots Monday," Moss said. "It doesn't look like anything that will accumulate at this time."

The best shot for a mix of wintry precipitation will come on Tuesday and into Tuesday night, he said.

Moss cautioned that it's too early to predict more details.

"There's at least a chance of snow around our area, but it could also turn out to be rain," he said. "There's still a lot of question marks on the timing, intensity and exactly what precipitation types fall when."

The state Department of Transportation and town of Cary will send out crews this weekend to treat roads with an anti-icing mixture of brine.

Monday and Tuesday will both see a high around 39 degrees and a low around 30 degrees.