Deck stacked against a March snowstorm in the East this time

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – March snowstorms aren’t unheard of in eastern North Carolina, but they are rare. All the ingredients have to come together in the right place at the right time for any winter storm.

There has been a lot of anticipation for a potential winter storm Sunday, March 12, 2017. But the anticipation has gradually fizzled. The cards seemed to be stacked against a big snowstorm in the East this go around.

The storm overall is expected to be a weak one. This will limit the amount of moisture it is able to pull in off the Atlantic, and it will also limit the amount of cold air it can pull from the north. As a result, we’re only expecting 0.10 to 0.25 of precipitation (rain and melted snow) across the East. Also, temperatures are expected to be marginal for snow, in the low to mid-30’s early Sunday morning. This combined with warm ground temperatures (40’s & 50’s as of Saturday morning, March 11, 2017) and a higher sun angle this time of year will make it difficult for snow to accumulate.

Many spots will not see any snow accumulation, but some could see a dusting to as much as an inch. Any snow will accumulate mainly on grassy or elevated surfaces (bridges, overpasses, etc). Roads will stay wet and no ice is expected this time around. It will strictly be rain or snow, if you see anything at all.

Check out this Facebook Live video from 9:00am Saturday, March 11, 2017 for more details:


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– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.

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