Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Update on Chance for Snow Tonight into Early Wednesday

Low pressure tracking off the Carolina coast is spreading rain across the Carolinas this morning. The precipitation around the Triangle, Sandhills, and coast should stay all rain through the afternoon. As temperatures drop this evening, the rain should begin to mix with and change to snow across parts of the Triangle and Sandhills. Coastal areas will remain rain through the night but may see some light snow as the precipitation tapers off early Wednesday morning.

An accumulation forecast remains difficult with this storm. Ground temperatures will remain just above freezing into the night. Because of that, light snow will not accumulate. However, moderate to heavy snow should begin to build up on grassy surfaces. This may mean some neighborhoods see no accumulation to other areas seeing an inch or two.

Here's the latest thinking on any accumulation by Wednesday morning...

Triangle: Locations around Chapel Hill to Durham to west Raleigh should see an inch or two of wet snow on grassy surfaces. Most roads will be wet, but some roads not frequently traveled may accumulate some slush. From east Raleigh to the east-northeast including northern Johnston, Franklin, Wilson, and Warren Counties. accumulations around two inches are possible but a few pockets of up to 4 inches will be possible where heavy snow falls. These areas may also see slush on roads early Wednesday.

Sandhills: Locations around the Sandhills including Fayetteville to Goldsboro can expect a trace of snow (no accumulation) up to an inch of slushy snow. Most roads will just be wet.

Coast: Locations along the immediate coast will see up to an inch or rain or slightly higher. No snow is expected along the immediate coast, but some inland areas may see light snow mix in with the rain very early Wednesday morning. Little to no accumulation is expected except perhaps a dusting in parts of Bladen and Duplin Counties. Coastal areas will also deal with strong winds tonight into Wednesday. Gale Warnings are in effect off the coast.

Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina and news14.com for updates through the day and night.

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