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It’ll be near 60 and sunny Thursday, but snow is possible early next week

A mix of rain and snow crossed the Triangle and central North Carolina on Tuesday morning, but another system could bring more snow as early as Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon was clear, but strong wind brought temperatures down into the the upper 20s to mid-30s, the National Weather Service in Raleigh reported. Winds were expected to calm late Tuesday afternoon.

Temperatures climbed above freezing in most of central North Carolina by mid-morning Tuesday as a cold front moved east, but heavy rain and freezing temperatures created a risk of black ice throughout Tuesday, especially in the Triad where a coat of snow fell, the weather service said.

The snow that fell Monday night and Tuesday morning across central North Carolina did not accumulate much.

Durham and Orange counties received less than half an inch of snow, while Wake County recorded only a trace, according to the weather service’s preliminary snowfall report.

Thursday is expected to be the warmest day “for the foreseeable future,” the weather service said, with highs expected in the upper 50s, near 60. Then a cold front will move into the area from the northwest overnight Thursday into Friday, bringing light rain across central North Carolina.

Temperatures will drop sharply overnight Friday into the low to mid 20s.

Another system is expected to move into central North Carolina later this week that could bring another mix of rain and snow.

“While model guidance varies widely at this point, the overall pattern seems to indicate that a period of wintry weather will be possible Sunday into Monday,” the weather service said Tuesday.

A light mix of rain and snow is possible Sunday morning, but models on Tuesday showed the best chance for frozen precipitation could be a bit later, arriving with a strong burst of cold air on Monday.

“Still plenty of changes likely to occur with this challenging setup, so stay tuned over the next several days as the forecast begins to clear up a bit,” the weather service said.

Wednesday through Saturday should be clear with highs in the mid-40s and 50s in the Triangle, according to ABC11. Lows on most of those days should linger just below 32 degrees, with a low of 40 on Thursday.

Camila Molina: 919-829-4538, @Cmolina__

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