A cold and wet day Tuesday will give way to the coldest morning of the season so far Wednesday. Most of central North Carolina saw more than half an inch of rain Tuesday all while afternoon temperatures dropped into the 30s.
There were only a few reports of sleet and snow flakes in central North Carolina Tuesday, but most of it was rain. Most of that rain will evaporate overnight meaning the Wednesday morning temperatures in the lower 20s won’t leave sheets of ice on area roads.
There could be an isolated spot of ice Wednesday morning, but temperatures in the lower 20s will be near record lows.
By Wednesday morning, temperatures will be in the lower 20s across most of central North Carolina. Wednesday will be the coldest day of the week with highs struggling to get into the lower 40s. We could set record cold temperatures both Wednesday morning (record low is 23°) and Wednesday afternoon (record cold high is 43°).
It looks like another chance of rain will head our way by Thursday night, but by that point temperatures will be warm enough to prevent any frozen precipitation. The coastal storm system that brings us that rain will keep the cooler-than-normal air locked in place Friday and Saturday.
OVERNIGHT: Clearing and cold. Lows in the low 20s, northerly winds dying down to less than 5 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny but chilly. Highs in the low 40s, winds from the northeast 5 to 10 mph.
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This forecast was prepared by the CBS 17 Storm Team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smart phone apps.