Last updated: January 16. 2014 8:02AM - 553 Views
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LAURINBURG — If you’ve heard that it could snow in Scotland County tonight, don’t get too excited — according to meteorologist Brandon Dunstan, it’s “really not going to be that big of a deal.”


Dunstan, of the National Weather Service’s Raleigh office, said Wednesday that if Laurinburg and the surrounding areas receive any snow, it will be in the middle of the night and in the midst of a slight rain shower.


“Most people won’t even see it,” he said.


Chance for snow will be in the 40-50 percent range as tonight’s temperature drops into the mid-30s after a “pretty chilly” high temperature of 45 degrees, Dunstan said.


Highs will be back into the 50s on Friday with a slight chance of rain, but a cold front will push high temperatures back into the low 40s on Saturday.


“We will warm back up, moderate a bit on Sunday,” he said, “with highs in the upper 40s. It will be chilly but we do dry out.”


Rain levels are up for Fayetteville, the closest city to Laurinburg for which the weather service has a measurement. According to Dunstan, 3.73 inches of rain have fallen, 1.45 inches above normal.


“The thing to remember is with the system that brought heavy winds to the north of you, especially in the Raleigh area, there was also a lot of rain,” he said. “That was an unusual system in the fact that we did get severe weather in the winter months.”


Temperatures for Fayetteville this month have been an average of 0.3 degrees below normal, Dunstan said.


Scotland County was plunged into temperatures that dipped near the 0 degree mark last week when a cold front ripped through the area.

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