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Triangle likely to get 1 to 4 inches of snow this weekend

Raleigh cop J.D. Boyd has fun with neighborhood kids during last year's snow

This week's forecast of snow and ice reminds us of the fun Raleigh police officer J.D. Boyd, a community policing specialist with the Raleigh Police Department, had with kids in one of the neighborhoods that he patrols.
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This week's forecast of snow and ice reminds us of the fun Raleigh police officer J.D. Boyd, a community policing specialist with the Raleigh Police Department, had with kids in one of the neighborhoods that he patrols.

The Triangle will almost certainly see snow this weekend, but how much remains in doubt.

The National Weather Service says snow will begin falling between 6 and 9 p.m. Friday and continue into Saturday. Between 1 and 4 inches will likely accumulate in the Triangle before the snow ends Saturday afternoon, the weather service said late Wednesday, though as much as 7 to 8 inches are possible.

“The timing is fairly solid right now,” meteorologist Shawna Cokley said Wednesday afternoon. “But the amounts could and probably will change as we refine things and as we get closer.”

ABC11 Eyewitness News meteorologists share the latest weather conditions and forecasts.

High temperatures will hover around freezing Saturday and Sunday and dip into the teens at night. So even after the snow stops falling Saturday, travelers might want to look out for ice on roadways, Cokley said.

“Anything that melts Saturday likely will refreeze as ice overnight,” she said.

Snow and sleet began falling before sunrise in Durham, NC Friday, January 22, 2016 as a major winter storm moved into the Middle Atlantic states.

The Triangle likely won’t see a warmup in the wake of the snow until about mid-week, as temperatures reach the 40s on Tuesday and possibly the 50s on Wednesday.

For those planning to travel in- and out-of-state this weekend, the storm expected to bring snow to the Triangle also will bring wintry precipitation to Virginia, Washington, D.C., South Carolina and other neighbors. The weather service is urging people on much of the East Coast to be prepared for hazardous weather, where many areas could see at least an inch of snow.

News & Observer photojournalist Jill Knight captured a 2016 snow day in Raleigh after a winter storm moved through the area.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett

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