Freezing rain foils morning commute
Posted December 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.