Enjoy the sun Thursday – a winter storm, including snow, is on its way Sunday

Enjoy the sun and high of 60 degrees on Thursday, central North Carolina, because snow is on its way again by Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said a winter storm is on its way. A winter storm system, part of a greater, complex weather system, is expected to strengthen north and east toward North Carolina, headed to the coast by Monday morning.

Snow is likely as part of that storm. Precipitation will move into the area beginning after sunrise Sunday and continue for about 24 hours into Monday morning.

It may start as wet snow, especially in the Triad area, the weather service said. A mix of rain and snow mainly west of U.S. 1 before 9 a.m. on Sunday is possible, before transitioning into rain Sunday night.

Another transition from rain to snow is possible early Monday morning, the weather service said. Even more rain might follow Wednesday.

It’s too soon to tell whether the snow, rain and expected low temperatures will affect morning commutes or school schedules.

Temperatures will fall off sharply from Thursday’s expected high of 60, with Friday night reaching a low of 21 degrees, and Saturday and Sunday nights in the low- to mid-30s. Highs will reach into the 40s before another warmup Wednesday, when temperatures could hit 60 degrees again.

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