Lots of people are talking about the weather — from television meteorologists and possible scenarios to local folks making an extra trip to the store — all in anticipation of a winter weather system that could bring some snow our way.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of Central North Carolina for this afternoon through tonight. Forecasters with the service say an arctic air mass has overspread the middle of the state since late Monday afternoon, and now precipitation will develop and overspread the region as a low pressure system develops just offshore the southeast coast. The precipitation is expected to fall primarily as snow, though it will likely mix with sleet for a period of time south and east of Raleigh. The precipitation is expected to end from west to east overnight as the low pressure system tracks further offshore.
Experts say there could be 2 to 4 inches of snow over the southern and northeast Piedmont, with 3 to 5 inches probable over the northern coastal plain. The snow is expected to develop from south to north between noon and 4 p.m., with the heaviest snow expected between 5 p.m. today and about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The Winter Storm Warning for Central North Carolina is in effect from noon today through 9 a.m. Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring, and that significant amounts of snow will make travel dangerous. Unnecessary travel is discouraged, but authorities say if you must travel, keep extra food, water and clothing in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Click here to visit the home page of the National Weather Service office in Raleigh, N.C.