LUMBERTON — There’s a snowball’s chance Robeson County may see some flurries tonight, with the chance of frozen precipitation shortly after midnight.
According to the National Weather Service, the nothern part of the county is most vulnerable, and could see some accumulation.
This afternoon, the state Department of Transportation was putting salt on highways to keep them from icing over.
The Public Schools of Robeson County has a teacher workday on Wednesday, meaning students were not scheduled to attend class. Tasha Oxendine, a spokesperson for the system, said all “after-school activities for the Public Schools of Robeson County are cancelled for Tuesday afternoon due to potential inclement weather.” That includes a two-hour delay for staff to report to school on Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, there is winter advisory for Robeson County from 9 tonight to 10 a.m. on Wednesday as arctic air descends from Canada. The advisory is issued when a low pressure system produces a combination of winter weather — snow, freezing rain, or sleet — that presents a hazard.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 20 degrees overnight with a windchill factor of about 10 degrees.
According to Stephen Keebler, a meterologist with the National Weather Service, flurries could start about 1 a.m. Wednesday and continue for an hour or so, with an accumulation of up to an inch. The white stuff might be noticeable for a few days as temperatures will remain low.
Wednesday’s high is forecast at 33 degrees, with gusts blowing up to 13 mph. The wind should die down Wednesday night, but temperatures are expected to remain below freezing, with a low around 20 degrees.
Thursday could get as warm as 42 degrees, with a low overnight of a frigid 18.
Friday will certainly call for a heavy coat. It should be clear and chilly, with a high of 33 degrees and an overnight low of 16.
Warmer temperatures will return just in time for the weekend, with temperatures climbing into the 50s on Saturday and Sunday.
Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-272-6127