Winter storm likely this weekend

A man waited for the bus on Patterson Boulevard on a snowy morning on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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A man waited for the bus on Patterson Boulevard on a snowy morning on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

A winter storm is likely this weekend, with early predictions of between 3 and 5 inches on Saturday night into Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The timing, precipitation type and amounts are still unclear, but snow is especially likely in colder air north of Dayton. Areas further south may see rainfall cutting into snow totals, the NWS said.

Once Thursday snowflakes dissipate this evening, it will stay dry until the early part of Saturday. Overnight it will be mostly clear and cold, with lows around 18 degrees.

Sunny skies are expected for Friday, which will have a high temperature around 32 degrees. Clouds will increase Friday night, and wind will start to rise for a partly cloudy night with a low of around 21 degrees.

During the day on Saturday, winds will continue to rise, with clouds building in the afternoon. Temperatures will rise to around 37 degrees.

Soon after dark, there will be a chance of snow, which will become heavy likely before midnight and continue through the morning. The NWS predicted snow accumulation between 3 and 5 inches on Saturday night into Sunday morning.

How long that snow stays around is in question, because more precipitation is expected Sunday, but it could be snow, a rain-snow mix or just rain during different parts of the day as temperatures rise to 39 degrees.

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