January 29: Wet and Cool Start to the Week


Sunday and last night brought abundant rainfall to central North Carolina — while the heaviest rain has moved off to the east, we’re still going to be stuck with lingering off-and-on showers all day. The HRRR model’s radar simulation shows that while it won’t rain everywhere all the time, you should keep the umbrella handy throughout the day:
Temperatures will be nearly steady throughout the day, hovering in the upper 40s and low 50s.

Most of the showers activity will move out before midnight, but the upper-level heart of this storm system will give the atmosphere one more “squeeze” late tonight and early Tuesday, giving us the chance for few more sprinkles and flurries to start the day. This is the RPM model’s version of what the radar will look like, and yes, that’s some snow to the north and northeast of the Triangle:

Our mild temperatures and recent rainfall have warmed up the ground, so that snow is unlikely to stick to the roads, even in Northhampton and Halifax counties — I think the most you’ll get is a slushy dusting on lawns and rooftops…and even there, I’d bet on the “under”.
Skies will clear out early Tuesday, but the emerging sunshine won’t help temperatures out very much — we’ll end up about 10 degrees below-average in the afternoon:
Clear skies will prevail Tuesday night, which means we’ll have good (but cold!) viewing conditions for the partial lunar eclipse just before sunrise Wednesday morning. This is the much-hyped “Super Blue Blood Full Moon”: “super” because the moon is in its closest approach to Earth in its orbit, “blue” because it’s the second full moon of the month, and “blood” because the moon will take on a reddish tinge during the lunar eclipse. Here’s what you need to know if you want to catch a glimpse:
We’ll see lots of sunshine throughout the day Wednesday, but temperatures will still only make it to the mid 40s for highs. A chilly end to the month of January certainly feels appropriate, considering how cold it was to start the month! Temperatures will warm up for the first day of February:
The next chance of rain late Thursday night and Friday will bring in another chilly air mass for the weekend. Right now it looks like temperatures on Sunday will be warm enough for just plain old rain, but that’s a long way down the line in forecasting terms — we’ll keep you updated throughout the upcoming week.

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