Cold air returns, snow possible Wednesday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — After a cold start to Sunday across central North Carolina, temperatures will only warm into the upper 30s to near 40 Sunday afternoon.  A northerly breeze will make it feel like its in the 20s through much of the day.  High pressure building into the area will keep skies sunny through the start of the week, but temperatures will remain well below normal.

On Tuesday, temperatures will warm to near 50 and clouds will increase out ahead of our next cold front that will sweep through late Tuesday into early Wednesday.  As it interacts with the warmer coastal waters, a low pressure system might form and help throw some moisture toward central North Carolina.  This could lead to some light snow.

As of now, it looks like precipitation could begin as early as Tuesday night as a rain/snow mix but as colder air moves in behind the cold front, that precipitation will likely change over to a period of light snow.  At this point, both the American Model and European Model show light accumulating snow across central North Carolina on Wednesday.  What they do not agree on is how much precipitation we could see.  As we get closer to Wednesday, we will have a better idea of the amount of snow we should expect, but for planning purposes at this point, be prepared for the potential for at least some snow accumulation on Wednesday.

Skies will clear on Thursday with temperatures in the 30s.  Warmer air returns for Friday and into next weekend with temperatures warming back into the 50s.

Sunday will be sunny and cold.  The high will be 37.  Winds will be north around 6 to 10 mph which will make it feel colder throughout the day.

Sunday Night will be mainly clear.  The overnight low will be 18.  Winds will be northeast around 5 mph.

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Monday, Martin Luther King Day will be mainly sunny and cold.  The high will be near 40.  Winds will be light and variable.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy with a high near 50, after a morning low of 25.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with some light snow possible.  The high will be 35, after a morning low of 26.  The snow risk will be 50 percent.

Thursday will be clearing but cold.  The high will be 38, after a morning low of 16.

Friday will be sunny and not as cold.  The high will be near 50, after a morning low of 22.

Next Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high of 55, after a morning low of 27.

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