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Carolinas snowstorm possible Saturday
The models are indicating a good amount of QPF overspreading rapidly falling temps over North/South Carolina and Virginia on Saturday afternoon, yielding potential snowfall totals over 8 inches wherever the heaviest banding and the freezing line sets up. The GFS and NAM/WRF models currently show a very heavy QPF (precip total) swath over central and eastern NC by midday Saturday in association with a developing low on the coast. Frigid arctic air will be pushing in from the northwest behind a cold front as this precip passes by, with temperatures dropping through the day on Saturday to well below freezing by midnight.
How soon temperatures fall and the exact timing and coverage of the precipitation swath will determine who sees the greatest snowfall totals. Currently it appears that the rain/snow line will set up across central NC and eastern VA, with rain to the east and heavy snow to the west. Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem all have the potential to see significant snow with this storm. This will be a somewhat rare event that this region only sees once every few years, so I will definately be watching this system's progress.
Raleigh, North Carolina web camera
Just in time for this weekend's event - Matt has set up a web camera in Raleigh where you can watch the upcoming snow event unfold.