Raleigh, North Carolina —Christmas may become the coldest day of the year in the triangle, and some snow may appear. WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood said that the loss of water left over from the cold front, combined with the cold air blowing from the north, could cause snow or even gusts of rain all day long.
She added that this kind of opportunity is only small and not everyone will see flakes.
A small portion of the moisture that extends eastward through the triangle from Alamance County to the Interstate 95 Corridor brought light snow, showers and rain early on Friday morning. In Orange and Durham Counties, dawn is most likely when rainfall in certain areas turns to brief snowfall.
The rest of the time will bring cool breeze and the temperature will drop to freezing point. Sheerwood said that flurry can happen throughout the day.
She said, “They came in, as if they were out.”
The hottest part of Christmas Day is reaching the triangle before dawn. The temperature will gradually get colder-reaching 32 degrees in the late afternoon, and staying overnight in Raleigh until it is more than 20 years old. Wind gusts up to 20 mph will make it feel colder.
It is dry overnight from Friday to Saturday, cold and sunny on Saturday and Sunday, and the temperature gradually rises to the daytime highs in the 1950s.
Sherwood said that by Sunday, “we are back where we belonged.”
The chance of a mess on Christmas Day is in stark contrast to the western part of the state, where residents and holiday visitors alike wake up to a white Christmas.
On Christmas Eve night, the cold front that caused the cold in central North Carolina dropped some snow in the mountains of North Carolina. The houses decorated with lights and Christmas cheers are also arranged as white blankets.