Sleet starts Wednesday, first snow of season Friday likely to linger into the weekend


This weekend’s anticipated snow in the Triangle probably will not accumulate, but it may linger until Saturday and might be just enough to give you a winter weather fix.

Sleet already had started across the Triangle and just south Wednesday evening and was expected across parts of central North Carolina through the night, according to the National Weather Service.

Getting some reports of light sleet from near and just south of the Triangle. Are you seeing anything where you are? Tweet us your report! #NCwx

— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) December 6, 2017

Previous forecasts this week predicted a mix of snow and rain to fall Thursday night and Friday morning, but the mixture might linger until Saturday, the weather service said Wednesday.

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Some spotty wet snow is possible Friday Night. The northern and western Piedmont have the greatest chance to see some snow. The cold air is limited & temperatures only marginally support snow, which should limit associated impacts with a dusting or less of snow.

— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) December 6, 2017

Any accumulation, if it occurs, will likely be limited to a light dusting and generally confined to elevated and grassy areas.

A front extending from northern Florida and off the Carolina coast will hang around through Saturday, and a secondary cold front with colder and drier air will push across the Carolinas from the northwest on Friday, the weather service predicts.

With colder air in the region and light rain extending across the Southeast, a mix of rain and snow is expected late Thursday night through early Saturday morning in the northwest and northern Piedmont.

Less than an inch of snow is expected to accumulate north of Raleigh, and there’s a possibility of a dusting of snow near Burlington and northeast to the Virginia border, according to the weather service.

The best chance for snow is Friday night and early Saturday morning, though the weather service said it couldn’t rule out a few flurries early next week.

“A better chance for wet snow is expected Friday night and early Saturday morning across much of the Piedmont including the Triad and Triangle areas when the air mass will be a little colder,” the service said.

No hazardous weather is expected as of Wednesday.

Temperatures in Raleigh from Wednesday evening into Thursday will be highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s. Lows may dip to 28 degrees on Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, temperatures will rise to the lower to mid 40s.

The season’s first snow could come on the tail end of some much-needed rain.


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