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Flurries fly across the Triangle

Posted February 9
Updated February 10

There is a chance for a high impact on roads Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, as a result of winter weather.

— Flurries were falling Monday afternoon across central North Carolina, ahead of a winter storm that is expected is drop 2 to 3 inches of snow in the region over the next several days.

Flurries or light snow was reported in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Creedmoor, Greensboro, Morrisville, Apex, Roanoke Rapids and other areas.

The flakes aren't part of the coming storm but simply a product of moisture meeting with cooler air, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. 

"This is a fairly small band of snow," she said. "This is just the precursor."

Residents will likely see more snow starting Tuesday, when a larger band of cold air from the north mixes with moisture rising up from the coastal south. The pattern will be similar to a winter storm two weeks ago that brought several inches to the Triangle and beyond, prompting up to four days of school closings.

The difference between then and now, Gardner said, is a wintry mix of sleet, snow and ice that could make roads a mess and cause power outages Wednesday.

The weather timeline is as follows:

Monday – Widespread flurries and the possibility of light snow across the region as temperatures fall into the 30s.

Tuesday – 1 to 3 inches of snow in regions south of Raleigh, with 1 inch possible in the Triangle.

Wednesday –  Snow in the Triangle by lunchtime, with a wintry mix south of the Triangle. That mix will move north throughout the day, causing slick roads and the possibility of power outages.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for areas south of Raleigh, including Cumberland, Johnston and Harnett counties, from noon Tuesday through noon Thursday. However, the advisory is expected to extend north into Raleigh, Gardner said.

She said forecasters will have a better sense of how much snow and where it fall as computer models come in closer to the storm.

"The big system comes in late Tuesday into Wednesday, and we're still watching that," she said. "It's all over by the time we get to Thursday afternoon. The weekend looks fine."

The North Carolina Department of Transportation began treating roadways in Charlotte on Sunday in preparation for the storm. A department spokesman said crews will begin brining roads in the Triangle region Monday morning, concentrating on interstate bridges, ramps and primary roads. About 50 trucks were working in Wake County on Monday afternoon.

The agency budgeted $30 million for winter weather response; this week's storm is expected to deplete that budget.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 10, 7:56 p.m.

    ATALOST -

    Exactly, and Duke says they are providing the same service in the same time frame because they're using the same system PE used.

    Baloney!!!

    Whenever we called in a power outage to PE, they were usually out here in less than 2 hours.

    With Duke, one time it was 30 hourse before we even saw the first truck in the neighborhood.

    Thank God we had friends nearby with power so we could load up the things in our fridge and freezer to take to their house to save it. Otherwise, we'd have lost hundreds of dollars worth of frozen meats.

    Duke Power is the pits.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 10, 7:53 p.m.

    CSW -

    Exactly!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 10, 6:34 p.m.

    OMG.a snowflake was spotted. NOW SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED FORTHE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.....

    — Posted by US VET

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    That isn't what happens here, and you KNOW it.

    If anything, some school systems in this state put children on the roads in buses at great risk rather than canceling school, and THAT needs to stop, because especially where children are concerned - at some point ALL school systems in this state need to learn that it's better to be safe than to be sorry.

  • US VET Feb 10, 4:44 p.m.

    OMG.a snowflake was spotted. NOW SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED FORTHE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.....

  • BeastieBoy Feb 10, 4:02 p.m.

    Its gonna rain. WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

  • davido Feb 10, 3:46 p.m.

    Are the roads safe out there, I mean, did they even brime today?

    — Posted by Obamacare rises again

    Well, they never "brime", but sometimes brine.

  • simplelogic Feb 10, 3:41 p.m.

    Why do everyone get so hostile when snow is predicted and so many amateur meteorologists come... View More

    — Posted by csw

    Online anonymity seems to bring out the hostility in some folks. Don't take it personally. :-)

  • csw Feb 10, 2:47 p.m.

    Why do everyone get so hostile when snow is predicted and so many amateur meteorologists come out of the wood work. Either we get it or we don't, they close the schools or they don't. Either way it is not the end of the world and I actually enjoy the snow.

  • AtALost Feb 10, 2:44 p.m.

    "Since Duke took over, it takes HOURS AND HOURS to get it restored"

    I feel for the Progress Energy people who ended up with Duke thru no fault of their own. When I moved to Durham, I quickly wished I still had Progress Energy. All outages last at least 4 hours when there's no apparent cause. Bad weather, etc. and it's a 6-8 hour outage. Like everything else, buy out your competition instead of improving.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 10, 2:26 p.m.

    HARDSCKULL22 - "HOW MANY DAYS ARE SET ASIDE FOR SNOW DAYS IN THE WAKE SYSTEM DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MANY?"

    If they did that regularly each year when snow/ice does not come here regularly each year, then people would complain about that.

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