Sunday, January 23, 2011

Is More Winter Weather on the Way? - Sunday AM Update

The Crystal Coast and parts of the Outer Banks were surprised with the amount of snow they received yesterday. Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and Havelock all reported 7" of snow! Locations along the southeast coast saw much less snow with only 0.1" reported in Wilmington.

Now our attention turns to the storm system expected to impact North Carolina Tuesday into Wednesday. While there is still uncertainty with this storm, it does appear precipitation will start as rain Tuesday for the Triangle and Sandhills and continue as rain into Tuesday night. By early Wednesday. the rain could change to snow for areas just north and west of the Triangle. The Triangle could be very close to the fine line between an area that will see all rain and the area that could change over to snow. Heavy snow is possible during this time period in the North Carolina mountains and foothills. Coastal areas can expect all rain for Tuesday into Wednesday.

Keep in mind the track and strength of low pressure that will move from the the Gulf Coast to near the Carolina coast will ultimately determine the type and amount of precipitation. A slight change in this track could easily create a big change in the forecast.

Just a cold rain is certainly a possibility for much of our area, but a change over to snow is also still a possibility in some locations. We should have better handle on the forecast by Monday. Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina for the latest in our Weather on the Ones updates.

Lee Ringer
News 14 Carolina Meteorologist

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