The season’s first snow could come as a short-lived spectacle this week, on the tail end of some much-needed rain.
After temperatures expected in the 70-degree range in many parts of the state Tuesday, things begin to change dramatically, according to ABC11. A sweeping cold front is bringing highs in the 40s and lows reaching the 20s overnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but anything that’s frozen in the air is not expected to stick much on the ground.
“As we get cold Friday evening, it may change to a few snowflakes, but not anticipating any accumulation,” ABC11 meteorologist Don Schwenneker said Tuesday morning.
The chance for precipitation especially Thursday night and Friday morning is reasonable, and it “could fall as some wet snow or a mix of rain and wet snow across the Piedmont,” the National Weather Service said.
A coastal warm front was expected to move into central North Carolina on Tuesday, before a cold front approaching from the west moves southeast across the area Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, along with cold high pressure later.
A band of showers was expected to move in along and ahead of the cold front Tuesday night, up to a half inch of rain – the most significant rain central North Carolina has gotten in nearly a month.
The main push of colder air into North Carolina is expected to be impeded by the mountains to the west.
Despite the cold front projected to move through the area early Wednesday morning, the scenario is missing an area of high pressure to the north that would make a significant snow more possible.
But “it is not out of the question that a few wet snowflakes could mix in across the northwest Piedmont toward Thursday morning,” the weather service said in its daily forecast discussion. “There is a reasonable chance that some of the precipitation Thursday morning and especially Thursday night and Friday morning could fall as some wet snow or a mix of rain and wet snow across the Piedmont. The amount of cold air will be the primary limiting factor which should keep things from getting out of hand.”
So don’t expect any snow that might fall to stick.
“Sunrise Friday morning, it’s possible that a few wet snowflakes may mix in with that rain, mainly north and west of Raleigh,” said meteorologist Nick Petro with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “But because near the surface, near the ground, it’s expected to be somewhat warm, we’re not expecting any accumulation or significant impacts.”