Freezing rain foils morning commute

Posted December 26, 2013

— Numerous crashes and road closures were reported around the Triangle early Thursday as freezing rain fell across central North Carolina.

Troopers reported 16 crashes in Wake County, most of which happened between 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Durham and Orange counties each reported five crashes. Minor injuries were reported.

State Department of Transportation crews rushed to put down a mixture of salt and sand on the roads, especially on Interstates 40, 85 and 540, which had numerous slick spots.

A crash closed I-40 West near Exit 266 in Orange County for several hours Thursday morning, but all lanes had reopened by 8:15 a.m. Three of four lanes of I-540 East were closed for near mile marker 4 in Wake County.

WRAL reporter Tara Lynn said she and photographer Jamie Munden were nearly involved in a crash on I-85 near U.S. 70 shortly before 6:15 a.m.

"We almost just got hit by a truck that spun out and stopped two feet from the van," she said.

Thursday's forecast calls for light precipitation that will last through lunchtime before moving off the coast. The high is expected to reach 46 degrees.

Conditions will stay dry later Thursday through Saturday night, when heavy rain moves in. More than an inch could fall across central North Carolina from Saturday night to Sunday.


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  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 26, 2013

    Would be interesting to see how many of the accidents involved female drivers and teenage drivers going down the road trying to text.

  • OSX Dec 26, 2013

    I feel bad for the people involved. This is not a good way to finish Christmas :( I would help these people

  • skeeziks Dec 26, 2013

    Gee, this is the same freezing rain that WRAL mentioned last night, but they said the chance was so slim that they weren't going to issue an advisory. Numerous crashes and road closures? Yeah, sounds like they needed that advisory after all...

  • mafiamic Dec 26, 2013

    Be careful,not only in the snow ice or freezing rain,but in any condition,some brakes on cars do lock up in wet weather,know your car and watch your surroundings while driving.

  • lizzz38 Dec 26, 2013

    If it's freezing rain, it doesn't matter whether you have 4 wheel drive or what size your vehicle is. Everyone needs to slow down, take your time, and don't tailgate someone who's trying. I would've been happy to stay home, but I have a job. We are open for business, and I am required to be here!

  • Get your IDs Dec 26, 2013

    I don't care who you are, driving on ice is a no-no.

    Rolling Along

    You know how I know you have never been up north? Sometimes you have to drive on it.

  • Let-it-be-said Dec 26, 2013

    Icey roads dont effect everybody, good drivers can drive fast regardless of the conditions which makes it OK to drive fast on bridges and curves whether there is ice, snow or just rain. Doesn't it? When I hear about icey roads I just go faster than normal so Ill just slide to the other end of the bridge when I lose traction instead off the side...

  • sidecutter Dec 26, 2013

    Did anyone else miss the news that it was predicted to rain last night? I got up to go hunting and discovered it was raining. Went back to bed.

  • living the dream Dec 26, 2013

    roads were icy leaving Henderson this morning and temps were 24 deg. By the time we reached Youngsville it was 34 degrees and no ice.

  • Obamacare for America Dec 26, 2013

    Ladies and gentlemen, the brime season has officially begun. Be careful out there.