Winter weather may hit

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 03:46 PM

A winter season that’s already produced several rounds of frozen precipitation may bring a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the area Thursday night and early Friday.
A weather system pushing into the Piedmont will bring a chance of a wintry mix to the High Point area beginning as early as 8 p.m. Thursday, said Kathleen Carroll, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Raleigh. Between 8 p.m. and midnight Thursday, the precipitation would involve a mix of snow, sleet and possibly small ice pellets, Carroll said Wednesday afternoon.
After midnight through the mid-morning Friday, the precipitation should change to light rain and freezing rain, she said.
Accumulation levels aren’t expected to be heavy. Snow accumulation could be one-tenth to three-tenths of an inch, followed by a glazing of one-hundredth of an inch of ice.
“It’s going to be pretty light. It’s just going to be a longer duration,” Carroll said.
Temperatures Thursday night and early Friday will hover around freezing, said Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.
“You are talking about temperatures right at that 32 degree mark,” Erickson said.
However, temperatures should inch above freezing for much of the overnight period, he said.
“So it will primarily just be a chilly rain,” Erickson said. 
The high Friday will reach around 40, which would eliminate the chance of frozen precipitation, he said.
“Once we get into the late morning and early afternoon hours, everything should be rain. It should be in the mid-30s or higher by that point,” Carroll told The High Point Enterprise.
The rain would continue through the late morning or afternoon Saturday, though after Friday morning there’s not expected to be any frozen precipitation, she said.

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