Snow chances small, cold guaranteed

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Wilmington, NC (WECT) - A cold front moving across the southeast will bring a chance for a rain and snow mix overnight Thursday night and Friday morning. However, due to the limited moisture and marginal freezing temperatures, little to no accumulation is expected.

A dusting to a half an inch could be possible in Duplin and Bladen counties, with a dusting possible in Pender County, especially the northern part of the county.

While Wilmington is not expected to see much in the way of accumulation, travel problems are a big concern. Any light precipitation, whether rain or mixed, could freeze on bridges, overpasses or elevated surfaces. This could occur in the very early morning as temperatures hover around 32 degrees. Ground temperatures are quite cool due to the recent arctic air mass in place.

Temperatures much of this week have been well below normal. Highs have struggled to reach the 40s and lows have been in the 20s. The normal high temperature for the first week in January is 56 degrees. The normal low is 36 degrees.

Central North Carolina could receive about an inch of snow, warmer temperatures and drier air will take away the possible accumulations for southeastern NC.

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Behind the cold front, more arctic air will pour into the Carolinas. Highs will be in the upper 30s and low 40s. Lows may reach the upper teens. Some relief is expected next week, when high temperatures will be in the low to mid 50's by mid week.

-- Keeping warm in frigid temperatures --

The start of the year is already ranking among the coldest. The first 5 days of January are the 6th coldest on record for Wilmington.

Recent Temperatures at Wilmington International Airport
           Hi   Lo    Avg   Departure
Jan 2   37  27    32         -15 
Jan 3   36  22    29         -17
Jan 4   39  23    31         -15
Jan 5   40  22    31         -15
Jan 6   42  24    33         -13

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