Precipitation tapers off, sets up cold Friday

Posted February 22, 2013

— Precipitation that included sleet and freezing rain at times tapered off in the Triangle after the morning commute Friday, setting up a dreary, cold close to the work week. 

Temperatures were in the mid-30s at 9 a.m. across much of the area and aren't expected to climb past 40 degrees during the afternoon. 

Clouds will stay put as a storm system slides up the East Coast during the day Friday, keeping spotty drizzle in the forecast throughout the late morning and afternoon. 

"We avoided the icy roadways, which was a nice change compared to our most recent winter weather events," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We'll stay bitterly cold during the day, but it never got cold enough early today to cause any major issues."

A number of area school systems, including Wake, Durham and Orange counties, were opening late Friday due to the threat of slick roads. 

A winter weather advisory posted for the northern half of the state will expire at 10 a.m. 

A second band of rain, heavier and more widespread, will move in Friday night and linger into Saturday, Gardner said. By Saturday evening, some spots in central North Carolina could see up to 2 inches of rain.

Sunshine will return briefly on Sunday as highs top out in the upper 50s, but rain chances will return Monday and Tuesday.


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  • WralCensorsAreBias Feb 22, 2013

    I'm fairly certain that they told us it would rain all day and get heavier as the afternoon went on.


  • CrewMax Feb 22, 2013

    Driveway is drying rapidly. Film at eleven.

  • liberalmindset Feb 22, 2013

    "Oh jeez people cmon. A 2 hour delay was the right call, no need to risk a bus or a teenage driver crashing on a bridge with an icy spot. as for extending the school day 2 hrs.....cmon man, really?"

    You really think they should delay school by 3 hrs on what "could" happen???? Give me a going to school at 11-12 is ridiculous and not even worth going for!!!! If I was a parent I would be outraged that they call the delay hours before it even starts to RAIN, with predicted temps at 32-33 how can you do that? This is becoming an all too common trend with the weather people and school systems...

  • FragmentFour Feb 22, 2013

    "Was it intentional to put the school systems into a tizzy?"--Obama promise tracker

    Eh, school systems around here stay in a tizzy. It's perpetual regardless of reason. This one was as good as any.

    Am REALLY tired of this messy February, though. Grass here has sleet on it from last night and I'm flat looking forward to April!

  • Jimmytwotimes Feb 22, 2013

    Oh jeez people cmon. A 2 hour delay was the right call, no need to risk a bus or a teenage driver crashing on a bridge with an icy spot. as for extending the school day 2 hrs.....cmon man, really?

  • jetpixx Feb 22, 2013

    What they need to do is just let the school day happen and toughen these kids up. They hear stories like this up north and laugh with their kids standing in ankle-deep snow. These overreactions are hilarious. My favorite is when the stores are raided for milk and bread when we get an inch of snow, like we took a time machine back to the 1800's.

  • CrewMax Feb 22, 2013

    My driveway got wet. Film at eleven.

  • working for deadbeats Feb 22, 2013

    This was hilarious. New 14 had somebody driving in a car with a camera showing semi-wet roads and talking in a dramatic tone. 10:30 and the roads are dry as a bone. Good thing we had those delays!

  • Blues Man Z Feb 22, 2013

    i saw this kid outside this morning waiting for his school bus in the cold... by himself... I wonder where the parents are at and why they didn't know about the 3 hour delay!! Poor kid!!

    I hope you told him about the delay.

  • anderson Feb 22, 2013

    What they need to do is evaluate the road conditions at 5 a.m. so they could make an accurate call. You can't do that the night before.

    True...but then the parents whine that they didn't have enough warning there was going to be a delay.