Light snow falls across central NC, but doesn't stick to roads

Posted March 12

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Light wintry precipitation is headed toward the Triangle this morning as a part of a quick-moving winter storm, but major impacts are not expected thanks to the speed the system is moving, a continued southward trend in the track and a lack of available moisture.

The forecast track of the storm has shifted constantly over the last several days, but the final projections have it dropping "novelty flakes" on our area before racing out Sunday afternoon. After it leaves, be ready for a return to winter-like temperatures over the next several days as highs stay in the 40s and 50s and lows dip into the 30s and even 20s in spots.

Follow along with running updates on Triangle-area road conditions and forecast updates from the team in the WRAL Weather Center:

9:15 a.m.: The back edge of the snow falling in parts of the region will begin pushing out of the region by mid-morning and will be gone completely by the afternoon.

Sunshine is possible after lunchtime, Mike Moss said.

8:54 a.m.: It's not every day that snow falls in Wilmington. WRAL's camera overlooking the Cape Fear River captured a serene view this morning as flurries came down.

8:18 a.m.: Do you have snow photos? Be sure to send them to or share them on social media using the hashtag #WRALsnow.

Snow Pics

7:52 a.m.: Reports of snow flurries continue to come in from across central parts of the state, but the snow isn't creating any issues on area roadways, and it will be gone quickly as sunshine returns for Sunday afternoon.

There are some pretty scenes emerging in parts of the region, however. A viewer in Carthage sent in a picture of snow covering parts of a yard.

Snow in Carthage

6:54 a.m.: Flurries are being reported in numerous central North Carolina areas, including Apex, parts of Harnett County and in Benson near I-95.

6:42 a.m.: After starting the day with light patchy flurries, we'll see sunshine in many areas this afternoon.

Despite the sun, temperatures will be much cooler than we've seen in recent days, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss says. Highs will be in the mid-40s.

6:22 a.m.: WRAL reporter Julia Sims captured snowflakes falling in Fayetteville, although the flurry stopped almost as quickly as it started.

6 a.m.: WRAL is live with extended news coverage as the storm system pushes into the region. Get live road updates and more beginning at 6 a.m.

Several counties in the southern and western parts of the state are under a winter weather advisory through late morning on Sunday.

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  • Rachel Parrish Mar 12, 2017
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    Just noticed it snowing at my home. We live between Rocky Mount and Pinetops..