Chilly, damp weekend on tap

Posted March 25, 2011 11:19 p.m. EDT
Updated March 26, 2011 11:18 a.m. EDT

— Winter is trying to make a comeback in North Carolina with chilly, rainy weather – and perhaps a rare sleet pellet or snowflake – during the last weekend of March.

"It's 40 degrees colder now than it was just a few days ago," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said Saturday morning, when temperatures were in the mid 40s.

"It's an outrage," he declared. "But it's also spring, and it's what we expect around here."

As clouds thicken, rain will build into southern counties Saturday afternoon, then spread north into the Triangle during the evening and continue overnight.

"It's going to be a fairly raw night, with temperatures in the mid 30s," Johnson said.

He said a little sleet and maybe a snowflake or two might fall in northern counties along the North Carolina-Virginia border.

"Don't worry about it, though. We're not looking for any significant accumulation," Johnson said.

By the time the rain tapers off around lunchtime Sunday, three-quarters of an inch could have fallen in the Triangle, and southern counties might have gotten a couple inches.

Temperatures won't climb out of the 30s Sunday and could dip below freezing Sunday night. The chill will linger into the work week, with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s Monday and Tuesday.