Raleigh Weather Discussion
Scattered snow showers and some rain showers will continue to affect areas of the northern piedmont today. Report of snow near the Virginia border have been common. I expect little accumulation although a quick dusting near the Va border in a heavy snow shower is possible. However, in most areas temperatures will be above freezing so there should be no issues.
After today although it will be cool tomorrow and Friday a warming trend with dry weather looks likely for this weekend. In fact temperatures should exceed 60 on both weekend days and into early next week with Sunday/Monday likely the warmest days where temps could max out in the mid 60s.
A new storm system will approach the area late Monday with a round of rain Monday night into early Tuesday. Cooler air moves in again behind this system with below normal temperatures likely for mid to late next week with highs in the 50s and lows in the low to mid 30s.
National Extended Weather Discussion
Continued high latitude blocking will likely keep a cool pattern across the central and eastern US. The ensemble do want to build some ridging in the EPO region and also across the interior west, so I think the cool will likely be concentrated further to the east.
In general in this pattern, I do not expect early heat like what we saw last March when 80s made it into Minneapolis in March. This pattern supports a general cooler than normal pattern which in March will mean continued heating demand with relatively low cooling demand.