Raleigh Weather Discussion
Rain will move into the area later today and overnight before ending early tomorrow morning. A strong late season winter storm will form off the Virginia Capes tonight and areas of central/northern Virginia into the mid-Atlantic could see quite a snowstorm later today and tomorrow. However, it appears in NC outside of the mountains, there will be no significant winter weather. There could be some snow flurries/showers tomorrow during the day, particularly near the Va border and in NE NC. However, surface temperatures will be above freezing and the snowfall rates will not be strong, so there will be no issues. Climatologically speaking, significant snows in the Triangle are very rare after the first week to 10 days of March, so any snow flurries that we may see tomorrow, could be the last flakes of the season, so enjoy.
Dry and cool weather will dominate Thursday and Friday before we warm up for the weekend. In fact it is looking like Saturday will be dry and near 60 with Sunday dry and temperatures well into the 60s. Monday will likely also see temps well into the 60s but rain will move in later in the day and be around through Tuesday.
A generally cooler than normal pattern looks to come back later next week, so while we get a taste of spring this weekend, sustained warm temperatures don’t appear likely yet.
National Extended Weather Discussion
In general there are no changes from the thinking yesterday. The overall pattern continues to support a general cold pattern across the US with the Southwest into Texas the area most likely to be warmer than normal.
It could be quite cold across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest as another arctic air mass could drop down from Canada. The cold in the East will be of less magnitude then in the central US but certainly no early spring look to be in the cards for the East.