Winter storm headed for North Carolina


    WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on a potential winter storm that could affect portions of the Carolinas with a icy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

    The storm system is expected to organize over the Mississippi Valley Monday and head northeast into North Carolina Monday night into Tuesday. Cold air will be in place as the moisture moves in from the southwest. Warming air is expected to move northward into the area, but the main questions are how quickly and how far north?

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    As is usually the case, southeast North Carolina will be close to the boundary between wintry precipitation and just a cold rain. The track and intensity of the storm will also play a key role in what kind of precipitation and how much we receive. Right now, the forecast computer model trends have been for mainly rain in the Wilmington area.

    However, areas to the northwest, especially around the Triangle will likely be dealing with mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain starting Monday night through the first part of Tuesday. This will no doubt cause significant travel issues. This system will have to be watched very closely as the exact details are not clear.

    Residents in southeast North Carolina need to keep a close watch on the latest StormTrack3 forecasts for the potential of some wintry weather starting sometime Monday night into Tuesday morning.

    -Chief Meteorologist Scott Dean