Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:39 AM
Wilson County could see snow Thursday
By Corey Friedman | Times Online Editor
Wilson County could wake to a dusting of snow Friday after a cold front sweeps through the region overnight.
The National Weather Service is predicting about 1 inch or less of accumulated snow after a day of steady rainfall. Meteorologist Phil Badgett at the weather service’s Raleigh office said Wilson should see more rain than snow.
"It looks like it’s going to start when it will still be fairly warm — about 50 degrees,” Badgett said. "We look for the rain to change to a period of snow before it ends. On the very end of the system, it could get cold enough for a period of snow.”
Badgett said a Southern cold front expected to dump 4 inches of snow on central Mississippi today will be blanketing central North Carolina, driving temperatures down tonight and early Friday.
A winter storm watch — which indicates the potential for 3 or more inches of snowfall — is in effect for the Raleigh area, Badgett said.
Wilson should see an overnight low of 31 degrees today and a high of 43 on Friday, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Friday’s projected low is 24 degrees.
"Friday will be a nice, sunny day, but it’s going to be fairly breezy and cold,” Badgett said. "It will be much colder and it will feel like winter on Friday.”
Forecasters said Wednesday that the snowfall projections for Wilson County could change if the cold front arrives sooner than expected.
"There is the potential there to see a little bit more than we’re expecting,” Badgett said. "It sounds minimal right now, but it’s the first one of the season. There’s a potential that it could change and it could be a lot worse than that.”
Badgett said drivers should watch for patches of ice on roads and bridges early Friday. The rain and snow could turn into a slick glaze as temperatures fall.
"You may get some heavy snow, but it’s just going to have a hard time sticking initially because it’s been so warm,” Badgett said.
National Weather Service forecasts call for a 50 percent chance of rain today and a 90 percent chance of rain and snow overnight. Wilson could see wind gusts of up to 28 mph late tonight and early Friday.
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