National Weather Service Meteorologist Gail Hartfield says it’s going to take a while to thaw out after temperatures plummeted into the teens.
***WCHL’s Ron Stutts Spoke with Hartfield on the Tuesday Morning News***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/cold-temperatures-remain-midday/
National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Scott Sharp says once the cold front moves through the Triangle between 7:00 and 7:30 Monday morning, we should expect rain to switch to sleet at about midday.
WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with Sharp during the WCHL Monday Morning News.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/cold-front-bring-frozen-precipitation/
RALEIGH – National Weather Service meteorologist Kathleen Carroll says the forecast is clear of frozen precipitation–at least in the near future–and temperatures are projected to be in the 40s Friday.
WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with Carroll on the Friday Morning News.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/thawing-temperatures-way/
RALEIGH - The National Weather Service is projecting between six and 11 inches of snow by the end of tomorrow for Orange County. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Moneypenny says it should be a pretty constant event.
“It’s going to be a pretty much continuous event,” Moneypenny says. “We’re looking at the snow to continue to get a little bit heavier today. And then tomorrow, as the system actually pulls off to the northeast, it will wrap around some cold air and some more snow and come across tomorrow through around lunchtime.”
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Moneypenny says the question of if has been answered, but the more important question is what kind of precipitation the area will get and how much.
“We have a 100-percent probability of precipitation,” Moneypenny says. “Just about the whole state is going to be affected. The thing is, the ice accumulation is right across the heart of the state—from Charlotte up across Fayetteville and the Triangle area, including Chapel Hill. We could see power outages, which would last for more than a day or so after the end of the storm.”
Chapel Hill-Carrboro saw the worst flood since what some say dates back to the 1930s this summer. While this storm isn’t being projected as an 80-plus-year storm, Moneypenny says early estimates make it one of the worst in at least a decade.
“We see these ice storms on occasion, but, my goodness, I have not gone back and researched it,” Moneypenny says. “I think I’ve heard the number 2002 bandied around—the worst one we’re forecasting since then.”
Stay tuned to WCHL and Chapelboro.com for all the latest on the impending winter weather, including early releases from schools, closings, cancellations, and delays.
RALEIGH – National Weather Service senior forecaster Scott Sharp says this storm will hit the western part of the Triangle more than those in the east.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/chapel-hill-carrboro-see-upwards-four-inches-snow-ice/
RALEIGH – More winter weather is in store for the Triangle this week, with light snow on Monday night and Tuesday giving way to a nasty mix of snow and sleet on Wednesday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Darin Figursky says to expect light flurries tonight and some more light snow tomorrow. But the worrisome day, he says, will be Wednesday: “Late Tuesday night and through the day Wednesday, the system’s going to come our way, and people all over the Triangle are going to need to be prepared for a mixed bag of precipitation.”
The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Triangle, taking effect Wednesday at midnight and running until Thursday at 6:00 p.m. But Figursky says it’s still hard to tell exactly how much–and what kind of–precipitation will fall. “It depends on the timing of the system and where the system actually tracks,” he says, though the heaviest snow is likeliest just west of the Triangle.
“(There are) probabilities of almost anything” in Orange County on Wednesday, Figursky says, so “prepare for those icy roads…you might need to rearrange some plans as we get into that part of the week.”
The weather is projected to get better after Wednesday, but Figursky says there’s still some snow possible on Thursday–not to mention a chance of frozen precipitation lingering on the roads for several days thereafter.
“There could be some late-night and early-morning problems all the way into the early part of the weekend,” he says.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/nws-expect-nasty-weather-wednesday/
RALEIGH – Another winter storm is heading for the Triangle, but its severity is still unknown.
WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Barrett Smith about when the winter weather will start and how long it will last.
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A hazardous weather outlook is in place for the area through mid-week. Click here for more details.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/another-dose-winter-weather-aiming-triangle/
RALEIGH – National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Ellis says Orange County could see two to four inches of snow from this system.
“The heaviest snow should be in the evening hours before midnight,” Ellis says. “After midnight, things will begin to taper off as the system moves to the east. Certainly by sunrise Wednesday, we should see no more precipitation in the Triangle.”
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He says even once the snow moves out of the area, the dangers don’t leave with it.
“It’s be done tomorrow morning, but then we start again with the really cold temperatures,” Ellis says. “We’ll have to watch snow melt that may refreeze for the next morning and just staying warm and avoiding any situations where you’re outside for any long period of time.”http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/cold-temperatures-follow-wednesday-night-snow/
RALEIGH – A winter storm warning is issued when three or more inches of snow are expected, but Orange County is likely just far enough west to be outside the pocket of heavier snow.
***Listen to Ron Stutts’ Intervew with NWS Meteorologist Nick Petro***
…ACCUMULATING SNOW FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT…
.AN ARCTIC AIRMASS HAS OVERSPREAD CENTRAL NC SINCE LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON. PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP AND OVERSPREAD OUR REGION FROM SOUTH LATE THIS MORNING AS A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPS JUST OFFSHORE THE SOUTHEAST COAST. PRECIPITATION WILL PRIMARILY FALL AS SNOW…THOUGH LIKELY MIXING WITH SLEET FOR A PERIOD OF TIME SOUTH AND EAST OF THE TRIANGLE. PRECIPITATION WILL END FROM WEST TO EAST OVERNIGHT AS THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TRACKS FURTHER OFFSHORE.
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ROXBORO…BURLINGTON…GRAHAM…
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 AM EST WEDNESDAY…
* LOCATION…PORTIONS OF THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN PIEDMONT INCLUDING ALBEMARLE…ASHEBORO…BURLINGTON…ROXBORO… AND CHAPEL HILL.
* ACCUMULATION…ONE TO THREE INCHES OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THE ADVISORY AREA.
* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FROM SOUTH TO NORTH BETWEEN 100 PM AND 400 PM. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR BETWEEN 500 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. PRECIPITATION WILL END FROM WEST TO EAST OVERNIGHT TONIGHT.
* MAIN IMPACT…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY AS SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON AREA ROADWAYS. THIS INCLUDES MAJOR ROUTES SUCH AS INTERSTATE 40… INTERSTATE 85… HIGHWAY 64…AND HIGHWAY 15 501.
* OTHER IMPACTS…ANY RESIDUAL SNOW OR ICE ON AREA ROADS COULD IMPACT TRAVEL WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT ACCUMULATING SNOW MAY RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW AND ICE ON AREA ROADS AND USE EXTRA CAUTION WHILE DRIVING… ESPECIALLY TUESDAY EVENING AND TUESDAY NIGHT.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/one-three-inches-snow-possible-orange-county/
CHAPEL HILL – A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Triangle until 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, as frigid overnight temperatures will result in continued treacherous conditions.
“Any moisture that’s left on the roads does have the potential to freeze overnight,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Ellis. Only about an inch of snow is expected to fall, but “the real dangerous part, I think, is the patchy black ice overnight.”
That ice has the potential to cause roads to be slick into the Wednesday morning rush hour. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Orange County Schools, and Chatham County Schools have already announced they’ll be operating on a two-hour delay Wednesday morning.
Skies will be clear for the rest of the week, but Ellis says cold temperatures will linger – with highs only in the 20s on Wednesday and overnight lows in the teens every night until Sunday.
“The cold weather is the real dangerous thing here,” Ellis says. “As we get this prolonged cold, some of the things to look out for are pipes freezing – we’re telling people to take care of their pets (too)…
“And this event should extend even longer (than the last cold snap), so it’s the duration of the cold that’s the problem.”