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Winter weather advisories start tonight for Durham, Orange counties

February 19, 2019
Winter weather advisories start tonight for Durham, Orange counties

A winter weather advisory will go into effect for several counties north of the Triangle late Tuesday as a threat for freezing precipitation moves in.

The advisory goes into effect at 7 p.m. for Alamance, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person and Vance counties and will expire at noon Wednesday.

According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the storm system from the Tennessee Valley will approach North Carolina tonight, bringing with it a potential wintry mixture of light sleet and light freezing rain.

Gardner said the wintry precipitation could fall north of the Triangle until temperatures warm above freezing late Wednesday morning.

The next two days will be chilly -- Tuesday’s forecast high is 45 degrees and Wednesday’s is 43 –but it won’t get cold enough across central North Carolina for an accumulation of snow or ice.

The greatest chance for any wintry precipitation comes early Wednesday, when counties in the North Carolina mountains could see ice, freezing rain and snow. That wintry mix will pass north of the Triangle, but communities in Person and Granville counties could see a brief blast of snow, sleet or freezing rain Wednesday morning.

A high-pressure system off the coast will pump moisture from the Gulf Coast across North Carolina throughout the week, leading to a good chance of clouds and rain every day through next weekend, Gardner said.

Overall, the region can expect to see 3 to 4 inches of rain by the weekend. According to Gardner, there will be a heavy period of rain each day, but the entire days will not necessarily be a washout.

Getting closer to the weekend, temperatures will be milder, in the 50s and 60s, but it will be cloudy and rainy, said Gardner.