Wintry mix possible on Wednesday

David Bradley - Staff writer

LUMBERTON — Today might be the first day of spring, but tomorrow will feel like winter, with the possibility of a mix of frozen precipitation that could include snow flurries.

But first is today, when thunderstorms and temperatures in the 70s are part of forecast. Thunderstorms were likely early this morning, and could return late this afternoon and into the evening.

The county’s weather forecast is constantly changing, said Stephen Keebler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The temperature Wednesday is expected to climb no higher than 46, with a 50 percent chance of wet stuff in the afternoon, dwindling to 20 percent in the evening.

If any snow materializes, it will be between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday, Keebler said. No accumulation is expected. A lot of weather elements need to happen to bring snow to Robeson County because of its location.

“Such events are few and far between,” Keebler said.

Today’s thunderstorms are the result of cold and warm fronts colliding, he said. The storms’ strength may be increased by warming late in the afternoon. This same system will move off Wednesday, and a cold pressure system will come in.

Farmers will need to be aware of a possible frost or freeze warning Thursday or Friday morning, Keebler said. The cold front will be coming into the area after a strong low pressure system moves up the coast.

Covering up crops and running sprinklers may help prevent damage to crops, he said. But this will depend on the wind conditions, and if fruit-bearing plants are nearing harvest time.

The sun is in the forecast for Thursday, with highs in the 50s, and at least some sun is in the forecast through the weekend, with temperature climbing gradually and reaching about 70 on Sunday.

David Bradley

Staff writer

David Bradley can be reached at 910-416-5168.

David Bradley can be reached at 910-416-5168.