Light snow possible tonight

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

A roller-coaster period of weather during the past week could include a dusting of snow in the High Point area tonight.

No significant accumulation is expected, and the area could miss out on frozen precipitation altogether depending on the track of an arctic cold front moving toward the Southeast.
“This is a dynamic situation where there is a lot of energy in the atmosphere and more uncertainty than typical,” said Jonathan Blaes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Raleigh.
Any snow or mix of snow and rain would begin this evening, Blaes told The High Point Enterprise Tuesday afternoon.
“Your temperatures will tend to fall late in the day,” he said. “Behind the arctic front, there is apt to be a little period of light rain changing to some light snow on Wednesday night.”
Any accumulation should be light, probably less than 1 inch.
“The confidence of how much precipitation we get is not very great,” Blaes said.
However, any precipitation that falls tonight could create treacherous conditions Thursday morning because of bitter, overnight cold, Blaes said.
“Temperatures will fall into the mid-20s. And there will be some gusty winds out there. It will be raw, with wind chills around 10 to 15 degrees. Any kinds of residual moisture will freeze pretty quickly,” Blaes said.
Snowfall tonight would cap a bizarre period of recent weather. A week ago, the High Point area was shivering through some of the coldest temperatures in 20 years, with lows in the single digits and wind chills below zero. Then this past weekend, warmer temperatures brought heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightning to parts of High Point and the Piedmont.

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