RALEIGH – The National Weather Service is forecasting the Triangle’s first winter storm of the year with precipitation rolling in Tuesday afternoon and accumulation levels between one to two inches.

NWS Senior Forecaster Brandon Locklear says an area of low pressure will bring moisture and cold temperatures to the Triangle Monday afternoon.

“Initially, that precipitation is going to begin as rain, but as that cold air comes in here, we’re expecting a quick changeover to snow,” Locklear says. “Depending on how quick that changeover is, we could see some snow amounts of one to two inches with higher amounts expected across the northern Piedmont and the northern coastal area just to the north of the Triangle.”

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Locklear says the most dangerous part of the storm will be its cold temperatures.

“Temperatures tonight are going to just crash,” Locklear says. “We’re going to see temperatures down in the teens, and we’re going to have wind chills down into the single digits. Any moisture that’s on the road, we’re going to see it freeze. Whether that’s going to be slush or if that’s just going to be something like black ice, we’re expecting that road conditions could be pretty treacherous Wednesday morning.”

A winter weather advisory goes into effect Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until midnight.

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