— While the Triangle won‘t experience anything like what the , a flash freeze is headed our way.
Areas in the Midwest will experience wind chills in the negative 30s by Wednesday. Thankfully, it won‘t get that cold in North Carolina, but temperatures will decrease rapidly overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.
When the mercury plunges, some fat, white snowflakes could fall in the Triangle late Tuesday night, but accumulation is not likely, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation started brining major routes on Saturday to prepare for possible Tuesday night snow. According to the NCDOT‘s Tim Hoss, crews have been brining interstates, bridges and overpasses in and northwest of the Triangle and will continue to do so into Tuesday.
“In a typical event, it‘s going to take me two to three days to hit everything that I‘m going to need to hit,” said DOT maintenance engineer Jason Dunigan.
In just a day and a half, Dunigan said crews sp than 140,000 gallons of brine, which costs about seven cents per gallon. He says the brine is an inexpensive insurance policy that will help keep drivers safe.
“We don‘t see bad weather that often here, and because we don‘t see it that often, people aren‘t prepared to handle the weather as far as driving in it,” Triangle resident Anthony Robinson said.
Timing of snow
Tuesday will start out in the 50s, but a chance for snow comes overnight when temperatures could drop into the low 20s. According to Gardner, any snow that does fall will likely change to rain and melt away the brine crews laid.
“I think most of tomorrow is going to be very benign and then we just have this small opportunity for a little bit of frozen precipitation late in the day into the evening,” WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. “Even when that falls, temperatures could be above freezing and it might not turn out to be that big of a deal.”
Risk for black ice
When that snow stops, it could freeze, causing a mess. “With a low of 23 degrees, it could be that things are slick for us Wednesday morning,” said Gardner.
At this point, it is too early to tell if it will snow. If it does, it is unlikely to be a major weather event, and snow chances are greater northwest of the Triangle, particularly in the North Carolina mountains.
“This is not going to be a big snow event for the viewing area,” said Gardner.
There is only a 10 percent chance that Raleigh would see more than an inch of snow. Closer to the Virginia line, there may be some light accumulation.
Leading up to the potential wintry weather, Monday and Tuesday will feature colder morning temperatures and milder afternoons, with highs in the low to mid 50s.
The middle of the week will be much colder than the beginning of the week, with highs in the mid to upper 30s for Wednesday and Thursday.
“Temperatures on Wednesday morning will be in the 20s, and that means wind chills in the teens,” Campbell said.
Friday will be milder, but still cold, with a high around 50 degrees.
The weekend will also be sunny, clear and warmer, with highs in the upper 50s for Saturday and Sunday.