‘A Snowflake or Two’: Computer Models Hint at Brief Friday Snow

Temperatures, Feb. 2, 2017

— Residents around the Triangle and points to the north have a chance of seeing snow on Friday morning as groundhogs around the country try to predict the end of winter.

Computer forecast models on Wednesday began hinting at the frozen precipitation, but the amount that could fall won’t be enough to cause any problems.

“Tomorrow morning, we may have in a couple of places from the Triangle area northward, very briefly, a little bit of sleet or a snowflake or two,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “Not likely to much of anything that causes us any problems, but it’s something I don’t want to catch you by surprise.”

The bit of snow comes on the heels of Groundhog Day, when Sir Walter Wally, among other groundhogs, will predict the end of winter. Since the year 2000, Sir Walter Wally has predicted the end of winter correctly 82 percent of the time.

Despite the presence of Sir Walter’s shadow, though, it’s going to stay cold for a couple more days.

“I can tell you, though, the official forecast is for a cold weekend and then spring weather for much of next week,” Gardner said.

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