Triangle forecast calls for chilly and damp, but snow is a no-go

Note to school students who were really, really hoping for some snow to close schools Wednesday: Sorry.

While a major winter storm is working its snowy way from Chicago to Washington, D.C., the Triangle forecast contains “snow” only as showers – and those might well be rain instead.

The National Weather Service says Wednesday could produce some flakes, but they are more likely in northern counties and not even in the picture in the eastern end of the area.

“I think tomorrow the bigger story will be the wind” as snow stays north, WTVD meteorologist Don Schwenneker said.

The chances of precipitation on Wednesday range from 30 percent in Chatham County to 70 percent in Oxford and Nash counties.

High temperatures Wednesday afternoon are forecast to be in the low to upper 40s across to the area.

The chance of precipitation is much higher Tuesday night – as much as 90 percent, with thunderstorms possible – but lows should not go below the mid-30s, dashing any student ideas about icy roads Wednesday.

For the latest conditions and updated forecasts, go to our weather center.

Related stories from Raleigh News & Observer