But cold, wet still in forecast

Last updated: March 04. 2014 9:11AM - 1205 Views
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LUMBERTON — So far, so good.

Despite an ominous forecast on Monday, Robeson County dodged any debilitating weather on Monday night and this morning, although a few folks gleefully reported on Facebook that they saw a snowflake or two.

It was all good with 24,000 students with the Public Schools of Robeson County as despite sunny skies this morning, classes were delayed by two hours. Students will have to wait and see what’s in store for Wednesday as a chance of rain and chilly temperatures continue to threaten the county.

Statewide, however, was a messier picture — even if it was of snow, which blanketed much of the state north and west of Robeson County.

Many school systems across the state dismissed early on Monday while others cancelled classes for today. Meteorologists are warning motorists in central North Carolina of slick patches of black ice that have been left behind by melted sleet.

Low temperatures across the state this morning ranged from 8 degrees in Reidsville to 37 degrees at Hatteras. At 8 a.m. it was about 21 degrees in Lumberton, although wind chill made the air feel more like 9 degrees.

Temperatures today aren’t expected to climb past 35 degrees, and winds may blow up to 17 mph, but it isn’t expected to rain until after 2 a.m. Wednesday, when a 20 percent chance of rain moves in. Lows overnight will hover around freezing.

Dave Lowenthal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, says students shouldn’t count on getting Wednesday off of school because of freezing rain overnight.

“It looks like we’re going for a low around 36, so hopefully it will be all rain,” he said.

Lowenthal said roads should be safe Wednesday morning.

“If we stay in the mid-30s, things should be fine,” he said.

Rain is more likely on Wednesday afternoon, when temperatures will top out in the high-40s, and into Wednesday night, which will be warmer than tonight.

Thursday is shaping up to be the wettest day of the week, with an 80 percent chance of scattered rain bringing as much as 1.25 inches of precipitation throughout the day and night. Temperatures will remain in the low-40s.

Friday may start out rainy, but a 50 percent chance of rain should surrender to scattered clouds after noon.

This weekend will be a welcome sight, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high-60s on both Saturday and Sunday.

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