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‘Significant’ rain expected Sunday could become sleet and snow, weather service says

It might start as rain Sunday, but the National Weather Service in Raleigh says sleet and snow are possible for central North Carolina on Sunday and into Monday.

In the latest forecast Thursday, the weather service said there’s a possibility for “a brief period of rain or snow or even sleet” Sunday morning after 8 a.m. There’s also a chance that the precipitation will hold off until later on Sunday, where it could be all rain or freezing rain as warm air moves into central North Carolina.

The Wednesday forecast said snow was “likely” across central North Carolina Sunday and Monday. Chances seemed less certain by Thursday as models changed, however.

“We will call it a mixed bag for now, and the greatest threat of this will be in the Triad and the Virginia border counties on Sunday,” the weather service said. “At this time, no accumulation of snow or ice is expected.”

“Significant rain” is expected Sunday and Sunday night, with totals between half an inch and an inch possible.

As the weather system moves out Monday morning, there’s a chance of snow flurries.

But those flurries depend on cold air chasing the moisture in the area, and “at this time (it) looks like it may not catch up in time to see any snow,” the weather service said Thursday.

The weather service asked residents to stay tuned for updates as the complex weather system continues to change.

“This will continue to be a very difficult forecast over the next couple of days.”

Friday and Saturday’s highs were expected to be in the low 40s. Friday night will be especially cold, with a low of 20. Sunday and Monday are expected to be warmer, with highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid- to low 30s, the weather service said.

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