Low temps, high winds on the way

Nov. 11, 2013 @ 02:36 PM

Tuesday should be a blast.

It will come in the form of arctic air from Canada, sweeping through Durham with stiff winds and possibly a hint of wet snow.

But don’t panic: What little snow may appear won’t stick or create road problems, according to Mike Strickler, meteorologist with the National Weather Service at N.C. State University.

Strickler said Tuesday’s high is expected to be in the 50s, but temperatures will plunge through the afternoon and into the evening.

“There’s a chance of rain in the afternoon, possibly mixed with wet snow around sunset, but no sticking,” he said. “We’re not expecting any impact from the snow.”

He said the chance of precipitation is about 50 percent, with less than one-tenth of an inch of rain forecast.

Tuesday night’s low will be in the mid-20s, and winds bringing in the cold air could reach 30 miles per hour.

Wednesday will be the coldest day of the week, with a high in the mid-40s and a low in the low-20s, Strickler said.

The worst will then be over.

Starting Thursday, temperatures are expected to moderate as the arctic air mass gradually loses its punch.

Highs on Thursday and Friday should be in the 50s. The weekend looks better still, with highs in the 60s and little chance of rain.