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As snow becomes probable, NC prepares for winter weekend

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— As a winter precipitation this weekend becomes more certain, local schools are taking action in preparation for Friday night’s forecast.

Wayne County Public Schools have canceled all afterschool activities and events on Friday as well as all athletic events and scheduled programs Saturday.

Forecast models predicting snow around the Triangle differ in their predictions, but one thing’s for sure: The cold is coming.

Most local communities experienced temperatures in the mid-50s to mid-60s during the day Wednesday.

“It’s the last time you’re going to see 60s on the map for a while,” WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. “It was a great day to get outside before some freezing temperatures.”

The watch is on for a big cool down over the weekend that could bring snow.

“High pressure is building in from the plains states, and that high pressure is moving down, bringing much colder air from Canada, setting the stage for our wintry weather mix that is starting late Friday and into Friday night,” said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. “Overnight Wednesday, we should see mostly cloudy skies with around 30 overnight and 32 for the morning commute.”

At least one forecast model shows the chance of snow on Friday night into Saturday morning is greatest to the south and east of Raleigh, Maze said. Not all models show the same thing, though.

“What we could see fall would be either all snow or a wintering mix, but I think it will be all snow,” Maze said.

Another 20 percent of the runs gave Raleigh less than 1 inch of snow, while 24 percent of models predicted more than 6 inches of snow.

Low temperatures over the weekend will drop into the teens while the high will be right around freezing.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to spread brine on the roads Thursday, late Friday and then all through Saturday, according to a spokesperson.

Gov. Roy Cooper and other Council of State members are scheduled to be inaugurated in downtown Raleigh on Saturday morning, and Cooper said Tuesday he’s not worried about the forecast.

“I certainly hope we’re not conducting inauguration ceremonies from Emergency Management,” he said with a laugh.

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

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