January 30: Cold and Breezy, More Rain Chances Ahead


A brief burst of rain and snow moved through this morning, prompting several counties to delay school and Orange county to cancel — but the roads were primarily wet, not icy. Why didn’t the snow stick? The mild temperatures and rain of the last several days helped warm up the ground…soil temperatures as reported by the NC State Climate Office were in the 40s this morning, warm enough to melt the flakes as they hit the ground:
The snow did fall intensely enough in Orange county to stick to grassy areas, and the cold air moved in fast enough to freeze the wet roads there as well. But elsewhere, it really wasn’t too bad!

Skies cleared rapidly as the last of the snow moved off the coastal plain around 9am — we’ll see plenty of sunshine the rest of the day, but it will be chilly and breezy. Highs will only reach the low 40s around the Triangle:
Northwesterly winds will be gusty, up to 30mph:
That means it won’t even feel like the low 40s…wind chills will be stuck in the upper 20s and low 30s throughout the afternoon:
The winds will die down overnight — calm winds and clear skies are a perfect recipe for some COLD temperatures:
Bundle up if you’re going to head out before sunrise to catch a glimpse of the partial lunar eclipse:
Honestly, the eclipse won’t be all that great a show around here. The moon will set just as the maximum eclipse occurs, so while you might notice a darkening or reddening of the full moon, you might not notice anything at all. But it’s still a good teaching moment! Here’s more information on the eclipse and how rare the “Super Blue Blood Moon” really is.

We’ll only climb up to the mid 40s for highs on Wednesday, despite full sunshine overhead:
Southerly winds will kick in on Thursday, pushing temperatures up to the upper 50s for the first day of February. The next chance of rain moves in late Thursday night — temperatures should be warm enough for ALL RAIN this time around:

Colder air will settle in again Friday and stick around through early next week — so our next chance of showers on Sunday could start as a rain/snow mix:
Everything depends on the timing of those showers…earlier means more snow, later means more rain. It’s just too far down the line in forecast for any level of certainty at this point, so we’ll just keep an eye on it over the next several days!

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