North Carolina and the Triangle are in for a roller coaster of weather in the next few days, with a 30-degree temperature swing between Friday and Sunday, and some icy rain possible Friday night into Saturday.
Friday’s high will creep just above freezing at 36 degrees, before a chance of freezing rain teams up with a low of 30 to create potentially hazardous conditions Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for freezing rain that could lead to a light glaze of ice for the north and northwest parts of the Piedmont on Saturday morning, especially on elevated surfaces.
The freezing rain is expected to begin at about 10 p.m. Friday for areas such as Winston Salem, Asheboro and Lexington. The Triangle is expected to get the precipitation around midnight, ending between 8 and 10 a.m.
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The weather service warned of unpredictable isolated slick spots on roads and walkways.
Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by mid- to late morning Saturday.
Saturday’s high is expected to be about 47 degrees. On Sunday, things will warm up considerably, according to the weather service. Sunday’s high is expected to be near 66 degrees, with a chance of showers.
Sunday night will see temps plummet again to 34, and Monday’s high will be just 39 degrees. It will get colder through much of next week.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews can’t start prepping roads for icy conditions when rain is in the forecast, spokesman Steve Abbott said Thursday.
“It would just wash away any pre-treating brine,” he said.
But DOT staff is monitoring the weather, Abbott said, and will have crews and equipment ready to salt or sand the roads if things start to get icy.
City of Raleigh crews are doing the same.
“We’ll be tracking the weather like we always do and will take what steps we need to,” said Raleigh spokesman Jon Boyette. “We’ll be prepared as we always are for anything that comes our way,”