Winter storm watch for northern N.C.

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

RALEIGH — A winter storm watch is in effect for portions of North Carolina in advance of a storm that could dump snow across the northern half of the state.

The National Weather Service says a potent low tracking northeast from the Gulf Coast and cold air coming from the north will trigger the transition from rain to snow on Thursday.

NWS meteorologist Phil Badgett in Raleigh said there could be up to 6 inches in the Triad up to the Virginia border, and as much as 3 inches in the Triangle. Much of that snow will fall between the late evening Thursday into early Friday morning.

Badgett said the northern mountains between Boone and Asheville can expect 8 inches of snow, with even more in the higher elevations.