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VIDEO DISCUSSION about the NC winter storm

A complicated winter storm heads toward North Carolina tonight and will bring snow to places like Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte. However, with warm air in place in first it will be an all rain event here in our corner of the state. 

Here's the timeline on what we expect to happen throughout the day. Early on, skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures quickly warming into the 70°s. By the afternoon, the rain from this storm will move closer -- arriving before sunrise as a steady, soaking rain. This rain will continue throughout the overnight period across the area as cold air starts to invade the area, dropping temperatures rapidly.

As temperatures fall into the 30°s from west to east, most of the area will continue to see rain -- but our inland-most counties (Bladen, Robeson, Sampson, Duplin) stand the chance to see some flakes falling from the sky for a brief period after midnight. Even if this happens, the ground and roadways will be much too warm to support any accumulation. 

Storm Summary

  • Rain overspreads the area late afternoon, lasting until after midnight. 
  • Temperatures start out very warm, but fall fast throughout the day/night - eventually into the mid 30's.
  • This will be all rain for southeastern North Carolina with no winter weather impacts.
  • Inland counties (Bladen, Robeson, Sampson, Duplin) have a chance to see a brief period of snow -- but it will not accumulate on the warm ground. 
  • Other parts of the state like Raleigh/Triad/Charlotte will see problems with snow accumulation. 
  • All precipitation is over and done with by 4am. 
  • Sunny skies greet us on Friday with cold air rushing in. 

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By: Tim Buckley