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Wake schools, others cancel classes ahead of Tuesday snow

Posted January 26
Updated January 28

— The National Weather Service on Monday afternoon upped forecast snow totals and issued a winter storm warning for a number of counties – including Wake, Johnston and Cumberland  – beginning at noon on Tuesday and lasting through midday Wednesday.

Public schools in Wake, Cumberland, Edgecombe and Robeson counties will be closed on Tuesday. Other school systems, including those in Durham, Duplin and Moore counties, have already made plans to close early on Tuesday. Find the complete list of closings and delays

Where and when?

Snow could begin even before noon in some parts of the Sandhills and southern coastal areas, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel. Once snow starts to fall, temperatures will fall along with it.

"If you are in an area that sees blue on the map before noon or 1 o'clock tomorrow, you might want to consider not going to work or certainly leaving early to beat the worst of it," he said.

The National Weather Service said the area of greatest snowfall would be in the southeast half of central North Carolina, roughly along and east of a line from Laurinburg to Lillington and from Smithfield to Tarboro.

The outlook for snow is almost opposite the traditional northwest-to-southeast pattern.

"Instead of the precipitation moving along with the cold front, it's going to be developing off shore with that moisture pushing inland. We're going to see heavier snow totals down east," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.  

The snow will push up, possibly as far as the Triangle to the west, then retreat back toward the coast and taper off through Wednesday morning.

The pattern of moisture flow means areas west of Raleigh – Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Roxboro – will get less snow. Some areas might just get a dusting.

Salt truck Crews ready roads for snow accumulation

Road crews ready to remove snow

Municipal crews across the eastern half of the state began covering major roads Monday with brine – the ice-resistant salt and water mix.

As the temperatures drop Tuesday evening, precipitation could stick to roadways and make travel hazardous along parts of interstates 95 and 40 east of Raleigh, highways 64 and 264, and other areas.

Trucks were loaded with salt, sand and plows in anticipation of any post-snow cleanup duty.

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  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 28, 12:34 p.m.

    12:30 and the sun is out

  • brime26 Jan 27, 7:51 p.m.

    What's all that white stuff the NCDOT is spraying on the roads ???

  • TarHeelBrit Jan 27, 7:05 p.m.

    I moved from Anchorage, AK to get away from the snow. Now I miss it...so bring it on, I'm ready.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 27, 6:52 p.m.

    I wonder if the brime lines contributed to all the accidents on the beltline this afternoon?

    — Posted by Super Hans

    First of all, it's briNe, not briMe. BriNe means salty, and because salt dehydrates (dries), it most likely dried shortly after hitting the pavement.
    The traffic mess was probably the same old same old Triangle rush hour mess.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 27, 6:51 p.m.

    Blessed to hear it. Better that children are safe, than to be endangered with weather like this possibly coming.

  • Super Hans Jan 27, 6:10 p.m.

    I wonder if the brime lines contributed to all the accidents on the beltline this afternoon?

  • bradcooperisinnocent Jan 27, 5:26 p.m.

    If the warning says 5 to 8 inches are expected why does the graphic show 2-4?

  • davido Jan 27, 5:01 p.m.

    We want snow! We want Snow! Orange County needs a lot! Snow Day! Snow Day!
    I remember the good... View More

    — Posted by Questioning

    I think one thing global warming deniers and scientists can agree on is that we need a snow day. Am I right??

  • davido Jan 27, 4:55 p.m.

    Steven--Scientists have been wrong about many things in the past, and they are certainly wrong... View More

    — Posted by foolmeonce

    No, you are wrong. Your uninformed opinion is not the same as the scientific consensus worldwide. The fact that we still have winter does not refute the fact that the climate is changing.

  • Steven Jan 27, 4:55 p.m.

    Steven--Scientists have been wrong about many things in the past, and they are certainly wrong... View More

    — Posted by foolmeonce

    They aren't wrong. I'm a Christian and I don't believe God meddles with his creation like that. We are supposed to be stewards of Earth as he gave it to us. We aren't supposed to rely on him to fix stuff we mess up on it.

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