Winter storm watch issued for Monday morning

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Saturday as forecasters predict snow, sleet and ice that could make for a “dicey” Monday morning commute.

NWS meteorologist Shawna Cokley said snow will begin in the early morning hours Monday, then transition to a mix of sleet and freezing rain. Temperatures will warm up Monday afternoon and the precipitation will become an all-rain event, she said.

Cokley says the Triangle should expect a half-inch to an inch of snow with “a glazing to a few hundredths of an inch of ice on top of that.”

The forecast for ice accumulation is well below the amount the Triangle saw last month, which resulted in widespread power outages.

The winter storm watch will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Counties east of Raleigh – including Johnston, Nash and Harnett – weren’t part of the watch as of Saturday afternoon.

Cokley said the winter weather could cause problems for the Monday morning commute. “It should be well under way by the time the commute gets started,” she said. “Monday morning is the time period it could be a little dicey.”

Low temperatures will be in the 20s on Sunday night, meaning precipitation is likely to quickly stick to roads. Road crews have been coating roads and bridges with salt brine.