Freezing rain threat puts some local schools on delays

Posted January 27, 2013
Updated January 28, 2013

More than 200 schools and organizations announced delayed openings Monday to give commuters a chance to avoid any icy spots on the roads caused by freezing rain moving through the region.

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Orange, Wake, Durham and Edgecombe county schools will operate on a three-hour delay, district representatives said.

Schools in Franklin, Chatham, Granville, Halifax, Person, Vance and Warren counties will operate on a two-hour delay, along with schools in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

A freezing rain advisory that was in effect for more than 50 North Carolina counties before dawn Monday had been reduced to about two dozen counties by 7:30 a.m.

Temperatures for most of the region were hovering just above freezing, and there were no reports of weather-related accidents at 7:30 a.m.

Still, bridges and overpasses could get an icy glaze.

"It's one of those mornings that could go either way," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Certainly, it's better to have the advisory and have everyone prepared."

North Carolina State Highway Patrol First Sgt. Jeff Gordon said there were no traffic problems beyond the typical morning commute.

"But kind of err on caution as you're driving this morning, and slow your speed as you're going to work," he said.

A spokeswoman with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said Sunday evening that there weren't any plans to treat roads because the expected amount of precipitation is low and there was still residual treatment on roads left over from Friday's weather.

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The town of Cary, meanwhile, treated bridges and other potential trouble areas with brine Sunday evening as a precaution.

“In our last blast of wintery weather, we encourage drivers to delay as much as possible so that the sun can warm the roads,” Public Works Director Scott Hecht said. “If you must get your Monday started early, please be watchful of slick spots and allow extra time for travel.”

Gardner said any precipitation in the area should end by 9 a.m. Dry air will then take over, and high temperatures Monday will inch back toward the normal high of 52.

By Tuesday, temperatures will be well above normal with a high of 69 in Raleigh, and the Triangle should break the 70-degree mark on Wednesday.

A cold front moving in Wednesday afternoon and evening could bring some severe weather and will likely bump temperatures back to normal, with a high of 50 degrees Thursday before dipping again into the mid to high 40s for the weekend.

Gardner said Monday's freezing rain could be the area's last winter weather for a while.

"Tomorrow looks like a fantastic day," Gardner said.


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  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 28, 2013

    " I would rather make plans and not need them, than have to take off work or whatever for no reason at all."-baracus

    Don't you see the irony in what you've posted? You made plans for a 3 hour delay and didn't need them but at least all the kids were safe.

  • Wake1 Jan 28, 2013

    Freezing what????

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 28, 2013

    The forecasting on this Sunday night rain wasn't even mentionedd until late. It's hard to believe because they said friday that once the rain moved out we would see a warm-up by the middle of the week w/a chance of rain wednesday. There was no mention of this though, usually "1 day out" isn't too challenging for the weather team but this one appeared to be.

  • brazzie_1 Jan 28, 2013

    I agree that forecasting the weather is not an exact science and that it is probably better to err on the side of caution. However, weather forecasters in this area (and most others) usually go way overboard with their dire predictions, causing people to panic ahead of time. This causes a great deal of inconvenience for working parents who need to make child care arrangements if schools are delayed. It must be nice to have a job where you can be wrong everyday and still keep your job.

  • jcthai Jan 28, 2013

    I don't mind them being wrong or delaying schools opening. I just think that if WRAL is going to post all these apocalyptic stories about the impending doom, that when it doesn't happen, they post a few stories saying that it didn't happen, and perhaps exlaining why they got it so wrong.

  • Save It Jan 28, 2013

    Never mind it was 9 degrees above freezing at 8 AM.

  • baracus Jan 28, 2013

    "And the complaining begins! Grow up and quit whining is not an exact science. "

    Which is why it makes more sense to make the call in the morning rather than hours before the system has even moved into the state. I would rather make plans and not need them, than have to take off work or whatever for no reason at all.

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 28, 2013

    How about better, a no hour delay. Any delay was a waste of the kid's learning time and decided upon by people who apparently are unqualified to make such decisions.

  • jdnowell Jan 28, 2013

    Three hour delay was a bit much. One hour delay probably would have been enough.

  • Deb1003 Jan 28, 2013

    Darned if they do and darned if they don't. I've always felt it's better to err on the side of caution, particularly when our children are involved. I guess some can't help but complain about everything!