Thursday, January 06, 2011

A Winter Storm for Early Next Week?

We're watching the potential for a winter storm to impact the Carolinas early next week. Computer forecast models have been somewhat consistent showing low pressure tracking from near the Gulf coast to off the Carolina coast. The exact timing is still uncertain at this point, but from Monday into Tuesday appears to be the time period this storm system would affect our area. Cold air would be in place for much of our area at that time supporting the chance for wintry precipitation.

Since we are still several days away from early next week, I would caution that it is too early to forecast any details with this storm. Some models are forecasting accumulating snow across much of North Carolina with some indications of sleet and freezing rain causing problems in a narrow band across the state. Locations closer to the coast may see more of a cold rain. Again, this is all very preliminary at this point and the forecast will likely change some between now and next week.

Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina for updates through the rest of the week and the weekend.

Lee Ringer
News 14 Carolina Meteorologist

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