Hi everyone! Steve Stewart here - thank you for your questions and we will jump right into it!
Thank you, Frank! Yes, there is a chance! Especially when the 12z Run of the GFS has more snow than the EURO. With that said, I'm not biting just yet considering we will see some warm air aloft causing a transition to sleet and freezing rain and potentially all rain which would greatly reduce our snowfall totals.
Well Dusty, right now it looks like some snow between 4 and 5am and later transitions to freezing rain and sleet until noon. At that point, it might just be a cold rain for the rest of the day.
In North Raleigh, it will probably start as snow around 6am and could stay mainly snow until lunchtime.
Hi Wesley - the 12z NAM has increased the snow totals, I agree BUT it will be more like 6-8 inches in the Durham area with northern Durham County approaching 10 inches. To answer your question, yes, it is possible. If we don't transition to sleet and freezing rain, I can see snow totals approaching 6-10 inches in Durham County.
Hi Robert, no chance at all it will miss the Triangle. And yes, it could be worse than expected. With the models trending higher snowfall totals, the potential for a crippling storm, especially in our northern counties, is now becoming possible.
Hi Evelyn, if you are leaving from the Triangle and you are on major roads, you should be fine on Saturday. However, if this thing really blows up, you should stay at home and not chance it. We want everyone to be safe out there.
Hi Lola, OH YEAH! I would be shocked if anyone is in school tomorrow.
Hi Carrie, potential for 1-3 inches of snow and some ice. That's how it looks right now but if we don't get much of a transition to freezing rain, the snow totals could be higher.
Well Kassy, roads will be deteriorating during the morning hours although it sounds like your trip will be on large, treated roads. If you don't have experience driving in this type of weather, I suggest rescheduling. We just want you to be safe!
Hi Karen, LOL - we will give you the latest information at 11pm but with these storms, accuracy on snow totals can be quite difficult.
Hi Tanya, that's a real possibility. If we have enough ice accrual, we will see branches breaking, which is the main cause for power outages.
Hi Yolanda....well, no. If you need to get home, I would say go tonight. :)
Hi Joshua - on Friday, I expect school to be closed Friday but we should be good to go on Monday.
Hi Rob, in Moore County - I hate to not be more definite here but I've got different models saying different things for your area. If you don't transition to more rain, your ice accrual could reach I/2 an inch or more.
Hi Brandi, great question. I know how you feel, I grew up in the mountains of Colorado and never missed school due to snow BUT for Cumberland County, I would say at this point it's 50/50 chance because it may be slick early but you should transition to all rain and have much less impacts down there.
Hi Frank - yes, the EURO has snow wrapping around most of the day on Saturday but the GFS has the higher snow totals on Friday.
Hi Amanda, the models have been trending much higher for snow. With that said, the models don't take into account the rain we expect Friday night to decrease the snow totals significantly. Right now, I've got you in Wake Forest at 2-3 inches of snow and potentially a quarter inch of ice.
Hi Christie, that's a great question. The best answer I can give you is experience. We've seen these before and many times, warm air aloft (meaning above 32 degrees) causes the snow to melt and then hit the ground and either freezing rain or sleet. This significantly changes the snowfall totals, now, understand, if we don't get transition to sleet or freezing rain like it might happen in Roxboro, the snow totals will be very close to what the models are predicting.
Hi Joell, lol at the imaginary line joke but in Goldsboro, it will be more of a rain event. Minimal impacts, but you still are under a winter weather advisory for slick conditions tomorrow morning.
Hi Sal, do you have an extra ticket? Nevermind, I will be busy working :) BUT the game is at 7pm tomorrow and you should be able to make it if you've got a decent car...meaning 4-wheel drive or front-wheel drive BUT again, we want you to be safe and we want our first responders to be safe.
Well Pesh, I think you will be able to make it if this storm plays out close to the forecast. Main roads should be fine, secondary roads will be slick. But again, we don't want you to chance it if you are worried.
Hi Glenda, in Chapel Hill it's not looking good - snow, freezing rain and sleet likely tomorrow.