Strongest storms move through early; chance of weekend snow creeps up

— The second storm front in as many days will move through central North Carolina on Tuesday and leave behind wet roads for drivers heading back to work.

“The biggest issue is going to be traveling around with that rain falling,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “I think a lot of that rain, the heaviest rain, may be through the area before we see the heaviest part of the morning commute.”

The strongest part of the storm will blow through the area early in the morning, just before the morning commute. As the day moves on, though, there’s a chance the clouds will break enough to see a little bit of sun.

“Certainly by lunch time most of the rain should be ending or over, and by 5 (p.m.), (the radar) is sort of hinting at a peak of sunshine,” Gardner said.

Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday will be mild with highs in the 60s across the Triangle before plummeting into the 30s and 40s by the weekend. When that cold front moves in on Saturday, Gardner said there is a chance of seeing a different kind of precipitation—snow.

“Friday night into Saturday, we do have the potential for some snow,” Gardner said. “Again, that’s five days away, so amounts and where and timing are all still up in the air.”

Highs on Thursday and Friday are expected to top out in the 40s, with lows in the 30s. By Saturday, highs will be in the 30s, and temperatures stay cold through the weekend.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.