Central NC under winter storm watch Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM

Posted January 12, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for central North Carolina from 9 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday.

Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to drop through the 30s and into the 20s overnight.

Rain and a temperature right at the freezing mark overnight Tuesday into Wednesday could produce a light glaze of ice across Triangle-area roads.

"There is the potential for some ice starting after midnight Tuesday through about 11 a.m. Wednesday morning," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "We'll see at least some light freeing rain or drizzle."

Skies don't truly clear until the end of the work week when bright sun will again push the mercury toward 50 degrees.

Week starts with washed out roads

Steady, light rain that started Sunday night created challenges for commuters on Monday morning.

Visibility was low and low-lying areas started to flood by 8 a.m., according to reports from across central North Carolina.

Several crashes were reported during the 7 o'clock hour on major commute routes, including one in eastbound Interstate 40 and another in the area of T.W. Alexander Road in Research Triangle Park. No serious injuries were reported.

Water washed over major arteries like Tryon Road in Raleigh and U.S. Highway 264 in Zebulon.

One of the worst spots was on Durham Drive in Raleigh, where a woman saw her car totally submerged in floodwaters. "I noticed it started rising up and I was like, 'It's time for us to get out of the car,' but it was steadily raining," said Vickie Leach.

She was trying to turn around to avoid a flooded road near the Southwest Wake Dialysis clinic where the city had to put in an access point after patients were stranded by high water last fall.


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  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 12, 2015

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    The best radar is at then search you zip code. It is interactive and also has the future radar forecast, which WRAL doesn't.

  • moomoo Jan 12, 2015

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    Look under "Dual Doppler 5000"

  • debragravyboat Jan 12, 2015

    is there any way to get the central NC weather maps? Can't get actual weather on the morning news-only lists of towns, now can only get regional weather maps-not local......

  • moomoo Jan 12, 2015

    [quote=14349194]Post by norainonmyparade[/quote Look in the Sports section "famr".

  • Arthur Raleigh Jan 12, 2015
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    I am glad I live at the top of the hill!

  • norainonmyparade Jan 12, 2015

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    What exactly does that have to do with an article about WEATHER? Oh, that's right, NOTHING. Stick to the subject.

  • Hope Lives Jan 12, 2015
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    "Considering that it costs $180,000 an hour to operate Air Force One, I'm glad he didn't go."

    For all of the frivolous and less important things he's used Air Force One for (like fundraising trips), THIS would be an event that I would GLADLY pay for as a taxpayer! Even if Obama didn't go, Kerry was already in India and Holder was in France. Why didn't either one of them go? Why not send Biden? We are essentially thumbing our nose at our Allies. But that is neither here nor there...isn't the topic here the weather??

  • theliberadicator Jan 12, 2015

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    Absolutely. We want to make sure he has plenty of fuel left for his next vacation or executive order.

  • ncsuweatherboy Jan 12, 2015

    Just was out on Western Blvd where a Raleigh Police officer was flying down the street without any headlights on. It's shameful the police don't follow the law! This should be just common sense . . . TURN ON YOUR LIGHTS people when it's raining.

  • johnnymanziel Jan 12, 2015

    "If you don't have kids but you drive a route where school buses are, just slow down," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

    So if you have kids, feel free to go as fast as you'd like. Wait, what?