Sunday, January 23, 2022

Snow Totals Continue to Decrease as Storm Tracks South

The potential for snow Sunday morning.

— The chance of seeing some snow blankets all the counties around the Triangle, but as the forecast models progress, the amount of predicted snow declines.

Snowfall totals have trended downward in computer models since the beginning of the week. The most recent models show possibly a trace to an inch of snow from Fayetteville to the north, while in Fayetteville and point to the south could see more than an inch.

The track of the storm has shifted southward, too, which contributed to some of the decline in snowfall totals. The direction of the system will take its center through South Carolina instead of North Carolina.

“A lot of the computer models are just saying it looks like very small amounts of precipitation for us,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The storm system that will bring the snow will blow through North Carolina early Sunday morning. Temperatures will drop down into the 30s by the time the system arrives and eventually dip down near freezing, giving every county in the Tar Heel State at least the chance of seeing a flurry of snow.

Temperatures in Raleigh will bottom out at 32 degrees on Sunday morning, though some towns, such as Roxboro, will hit 28 degrees.

“You can see that snow moving on through, but it looks fairly light as it comes on by,” Gardner said. “We warm back up into the 40s for the afternoon.”

With ground temperatures in the 50s, though, Gardner said the snow won’t stick around long. A light layer of snow could turn the ground white briefly Sunday morning, but eventually the warm ground will melt it away.

“Models, certainly over the last couple of days, have been trending down with the snowfall totals,” Gardner said. “Of course, that could change over the next 48 hours as this system starts to move across the United States.”

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