A frontal boundary remains stalled out just off the Carolina coast and extending down into the northern Gulf of Mexico. Along that front, an area of low pressure continues to develop in the northwestern Gulf, and extensive precipitation extended from Texas into portions of Louisiana, southern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the eastern Carolinas early Thursday.
As that low develops and moves to a position off of the Carolina coast by early Saturday, that shield of precipitation will pivot back to the northwest. For the piedmont and foothill zones of North Carolina, look for the potential for a mixture of rain and snow to arrive late tonight into Friday morning, and then as we get deeper into Friday and Friday evening, snow could become the primary precipitation type in many locations north and west of a Monroe to Durham line. The precipitation will then taper off late Friday night into Saturday morning.
This should be a pretty minor event. However, there is the chance for some small snow accumulations, mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces. Some areas will not have any snow accumulation at all. Ground temperatures will be warm, air temperatures will remain a bit above freezing for most of the event, and rain could remain mixed in with the snow. But some spots will likely have the ground whitened with a dusting to a slushy inch of snow, again, mainly on elevated surfaces. It is possible a few isolated locations pick up slightly more than that.
Cold air will take over for the weekend with highs struggle to make it out of the 30s Sunday. Another shot of cold air is still due in here for the middle of next week as well.