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The week in general will be a roller-coaster type of week with a big change in temperatures and precipitation types. Tonight will feature a mix of light rain/sleet changing to rain by midnight as warm air works its way into all levels of the atmosphere. Rainfall amounts will be generally in the half-inch range, with <.05 inches of ice/sleet accretion (accumulation) at best.
Tomorrow as the warm front crosses the area, expect rain to be falling lightly throughout the day as high temperatures top out at 50 degrees. As the cold front crosses the area tomorrow night, expect rain showers to continue and there is a chance we might see a spotty snow shower at the end of the precipitation tomorrow night. Little if any accumulation.
Wednesday will be sunny but we will certainly feel the effects of the northwest wind as colder air races in behind the front to make the 40 degree high for Wednesday afternoon feel like the low to mid 30s. Wednesday night will be clear, with lows dropping to the low 20s.
Thursday will be partly cloudy with highs barely making it above freezing to 35 degrees. The evening will feature increasing clouds as lows are dropping to 25 degrees, and at this time there is a chance for some snow showers as a clipper skirts by to out north. Based on the current track we will most likely see a few flurries or snow showers, and accumulations look to be a dusting-an inch at best.
Friday into Saturday/Saturday Night could be an interesting time frame. Models right now have an intensifying coastal storm riding off the coast and then "pivoting" (turning) around the Outer Banks and bringing a mixed bag of precipitation to the area. Right now the model data suggests a snow-mixed precipitation-snow event, with accumulations in the 2"-4" range. The models will continue to come out with newer and more accurate as we get closer to the potential wintry event. Here is a picture of the current thinking of two models (GFS and ECMWF). (Image Below)
The storm exits early Sunday Morning with Sunday bring sunny with highs in the mid-upper 40s.
Model Data: http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~gadomski/ewall.html