NC prepares for winter weekend, snow probable Friday night

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

Wayne County Public Schools have officially canceled all after-school activities and events on Friday as well as all athletic events and scheduled programs Saturday.

With the threat of snow on Saturday, Gov. Roy Cooper will be inaugurated indoors, at Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center fro the Performing Arts in Raleigh. The planned inaugural parade has been canceled.

Forecast models predicting snow around the Triangle differ in their predictions, but one thing’s for sure: Wednesday’s warmth won’t last long.

Most local communities experienced temperatures in the mid-50s to mid-60s during the day Wednesday. For the rest of the evening, prepare for a bit cooler temperatures and mostly cloudy skies.

In an ensemble of computer model runs, 76 percent of the models showed Raleigh getting 1 to 6 inches of snow. The ensemble took into account 51 different runs, all given slightly different starting weather conditions, Moss said.

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

Another 56 percent of the runs gave Raleigh more than 3 inches of snow, while 24 percent of models predicted more than 6 inches of snow.

But WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said not to get used to the unseasonably-high temperatures.

“It’s the last time you’re going to see 60’s on the map for a while,” he said. “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 plain 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, Moss said. Not all models show the same thing, though.

“That’s one camp of models,” Moss said. “Not all of them are looking that way. In this particular case, (the snow) would tend to end as we went into later in the day.”

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

Leslie Logan Brown, owner of Logan’s One Stop Flower Shop said it is that time of year when plants need to be covered.

“Plants that are tender or recently planted in the ground will need extra protection because they haven’t had a chance to get established yet,” she said.

Brown recommends using a light-weight bed sheet to cover outdoor plants.

“You don’t want to use anything heavy. You want to use something light and breathable so they can still get air circulating under there,” Brown said.

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 for the NC DOT.

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