Light snow expected in the Triangle on Friday

Snow and sleet are expected to fall in the Triangle on Friday, followed by bone-biting cold through the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Wake, Johnston, Harnett and Franklin counties and points east, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Light snow, perhaps with some sleet, is expected to begin falling Friday morning, the weather service said.

The snow is expected to be heaviest near Tarboro and Roanoke Rapids.

Friday night, frigid air from the arctic punches into the area, sweeping away the clouds but also letting temperatures plunge. The overnight low Sunday morning will likely reach the mid-teens, forecasters said. Some places may see single digits.

Thermometers may not reach above the freezing mark again until Monday.

However, with warmer air – meaning a little above freezing – comes a chance of light snow Monday morning, and likely mixed rain and snow in the afternoon and rain Monday night and Tuesday.

Sun is expected to return Wednesday.

The piercing cold over the weekend isn’t likely to set any records – those numbers are 4 degrees for Saturday and minus-2 degrees for Valentine’s Day. But the normal low for the dates is a little above freezing and the normal highs are in the mid-50s.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT