"But at this point it's looking like the much colder air that would be required to produce anything more than rain won't be getting here until later on Friday, and by then the moisture will have moved out".
Rainfall totals are still forecast to reach 2 to 3 inches across the entire area.
This includes areas from Louisiana to parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Areas most likely impacted will be along and south of Interstate 20 and north of Interstate 85. The air is too dry over the northern third of the state for any meaningful precipitation tomorrow, and the low levels will be too warm for snow tomorrow across southeast Alabama. This will cause a gradual transition of ongoing rain to snow.
Winter certainly reared its head in Beaufort County Thursday morning, with temperatures in the 40s and a steady rain punctuating the cold, begging the question, could we soon see snow in the area?
Snow accumulation will be very minor and only on grassy and elevated surfaces northwest of the Triangle. Light rain will mix with and change over to light snow after midnight.
Sunday morning is some of the chilliest temperatures we've seen this season. This will all get started after midnight, when temperatures will begin to fall near the freezing mark. Temperatures should go above freezing, into the mid to upper 30s, by late morning and through the afternoon, easing the ice issue on roads. Temperatures will drop into the middle 20s. You can see First Alert VIPIR 9, detailed forecasts, weather maps, and severe weather alerts. During the January 2014 snow event, temperatures were in the 17- to 21-degree range when the snow was falling, and the ice accretion process on roads is radically different when it is that cold (we all learned the hard way!). Highs hover in the lower 40s all day again.