Locals urged to brace for frosty forecast

Jan. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County residents can expect temperatures to drop during an upcoming colder-than-usual week, but there’s little chance of snow in the forecast.

A strong cold front will move in from the mountains across Central Carolina late this afternoon and evening with some cold rain, according to Raleigh-based National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Vincent. While northern parts of the state near Virginia might see some snow, it’s not likely for Sanford, he said.

“The bottom line, it’s going to be cold the rest of the week and well below what we normally see this time of year,” he said.

Temperatures will fall to the upper teens and feel like single digits with the added wind chill Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Vincent said. Temperatures might warm up tomorrow — nearing the lower 40s — and then fall back below freezing on Thursday and Friday.

“The precipitation (Tuesday night and Wednesday morning) will begin as rain, perhaps changing to snow — but down in the Sanford area, there will be little to no accumulation down there,” Vincent said.

A Raleigh area television station reported that snow may appear in the Triangle today — following Monday’s abundant sunshine and highs into the 60s. Raleigh and areas north could see snow flurries or even light snow showers, according to the station’s forecast, which would affect the afternoon commute.

Sanford General Services Director Tim Shaw said city employees will be closely monitoring the weather to see if salt trucks or snow plows will need to be dispatched.

“As far as the cold weather, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be an enjoyable week,” he said.   

The city will also have staff on hand to address any potential frozen pipes or water lines.

The American Red Cross recommends opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes and letting cold water drip from the faucet to keep pipes from freezing.