Accumulation not likely from possible Tuesday night snow

January 28, 2019
Flash freeze ahead

Some fat, white snowflakes could fall in the Triangle by Tuesday night, but accumulation is not likely, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation started brining major routes on Saturday to prepare for possible Tuesday night snow. According to the NCDOT’s Tim Hoss, crews have been brining interstates, bridges and overpasses in and northwest of the Triangle and will continue to do so into Tuesday.

Tuesday will start out in the 50s, but a chance for snow comes overnight when temperatures could drop into the low 20s. According to Gardner, any snow that does fall will likely change to rain and melt away the brine crews laid.

“This will likely start as rain that could wash the brine away,” said Gardner. “From Raleigh northward, we could have some changeover to snow by 1:30 a.m., when temperatures fall into the mid 20s.”

When that snow stops, it could freeze, causing a mess. “With a low of 23 degrees, it could be that things are slick for us Wednesday morning,” said Gardner.

At this point, it is too early to tell if it will snow. If it does, it is unlikely to be a major weather event, and snow chances are greater northwest of the Triangle, particularly in the North Carolina mountains.

“This is not going to be a big snow event for the viewing area,” said Gardner.

There is only a 10 percent chance that Raleigh would see more than an inch of snow. Closer to the Virginia line, there may be some light accumulation.

Leading up to the potential wintry weather, Monday and Tuesday will feature colder morning temperatures and milder afternoons, with highs in the low to mid 50s.

The middle of the week will be much colder than the beginning of the week, with highs in the mid to upper 30s for Wednesday and Thursday.

“Temperatures on Wednesday morning will be in the 20s, and that means wind chills in the teens,” Campbell said.

Friday will be milder, but still cold, with a high around 50 degrees.

The weekend will also be sunny, clear and warmer, with highs in the upper 50s for Saturday and Sunday.

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