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No Major Problems Reported After Snowy Day Across N.C.

Posted February 1, 2007
Updated February 2, 2007

— Temperatures stayed above freezing into early Friday, and forecasters said a thick blanket of clouds prevented icy roads for the Friday morning commute.

Schools that closed Thursday were all scheduled to be open Friday, and attention turned to makeup days that will begin as early as Saturday for Wake County students in year-round schools. (Up-to-the-minute closing information is always available on the .

Temperatures climbed steadily and precipitation wound down Thursday afternoon after a morning of wintry precipitation. Clouds that stayed even as the rain eased kept heat from escaping into the atmosphere, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel explained.

The fun day to play on Thursday comes with a price for students, and districts announced when they would make up the time.

In Wake County, schools on traditional calendars will be in session on Feb. 19, modified calendar schools on March 26, year-round schools this Saturday and the early college on March 9.

Durham schools will make up the day on Feb. 19, as will Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools.

Orange County Schools will be in session April 9, with the exception of Hillsborough Elementary, which gets a March 19 makeup day instead.

The winter weather Thursday started as snow in the Charlotte area at about 5 a.m., dumping about 2 inches before a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain began falling about three hours later. The winter storm then moved eastward with Moore, Lee and Harnett counties among the first places in the WRAL viewing area to see the snowfall.

By the end of the afternoon, amounts from a half-inch to just under an inch of snow had accumulated in most parts of the Triangle. Robbins in Moore Country saw approximately 2 inches of snow. Fayetteville, where it snowed hard for a time, saw an inch pile up.

State Highway Patrol troopers responded to 220 collisions, mostly minor, in the Triangle a result of Thursday's weather, according to spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin. There were no reports of fatalities in the Triangle, though police said there was one deadly wreck near Mount. Airy.

The weather caused some travel problems at two North Carolina airports. As of noon Thursday, about 40 flights had been canceled or delayed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to an airport spokeswoman. Most, if not all, of those were a result of winter weather in other parts of the nation, however. That number, however, began tapering off by Thursday afternoon.

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  • this is my Screen Name Feb 2, 2007

    I appreciate WRAL's weather coverage. We may not have had all the "bad" stuff that was predicted yesterday, but all of the meterologists on other channels and stations were calling for snow and ice, not just WRAL. I, too, am from the north and to my fellow northerners who mock the habits of the area and how they handle snow -- please, get over it. We're in the south, and while I miss more snow, if I wanted to see it, I'd move back up there. I'm down here for a reason and I love it.

  • Tired Of Excuses Feb 1, 2007

    It was nice not having to deal with lots of traffic on my commute to and from work today. It made me wish I were a kid again, but then accumulation this small wouldn't have closed the schools. We would have had to WALK to school...up hill both ways!

  • no screen name Feb 1, 2007

    the make up day for Wake is THIS Saturday? wow that is fast! hope no one had weekend plans!

  • whiskers on kitten Feb 1, 2007

    Yes celtic1976. Up north they do know how to drive in the bad weather and snow. I know I lived there for 57 years in the Buffalo area. The difference is up there we had the equipment we needed to keep the roads clear and safer. Down here they don't have all that, because it is not needed that often. They have recently used brine water, like we did up north, and that helps the roads alot.

  • FonziBeWithYou Feb 1, 2007

    I'd like to commend the weather team for a job well done in forecasting this event. Their predictions were right on the money for my area.

    Hey, why do people buy eggs and milk when a winter storm comes? I mean, if it were a really bad storm and you lost power, wouldn't your eggs and milk just go bad? Just a random thought...

  • woody Feb 1, 2007

    cant belive t v spent 6 hours to report an inch of snow fall
    i think the world has forgotton how to use common sense and apply it to our everyday life

    maybe those that had wrecks today are asking why they werent told how to drive in snow
    thank god i depend on what i belive to be safe and when its best to stat home
    dont need wral here

  • stanley104 Feb 1, 2007

    "Schools in Wake, Durham, Orange County, Chatham, Caswell, Vance, Person and Granville counties and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools were closed for Thursday. Johnston, Vance, Franklin and Harnett counties opened on a delay."

    So, Vance County Schools were on a 2-hr delay AND closed at the same time? And if I remember, Harnett County was also closed today, along with Franklin and Johnston? The on-air reports were very consistent and accurate, but it seems to me that WRAL.com is becoming more and more likely to get the facts wrong or confused, especially when the news deals with places other than Wake or Durham counties...
    Great job on the Winter Weather Coverage, though! It's always nice to just sit back, relax, and see what's going on around the area -- really makes it feel like Winter, finally!

  • ajstarrrn Feb 1, 2007

    Just rain in Sanford now; I think WRAL did a nice job with their forecast from the beginning and with today's coverage. It was nice to have my son at home today; we'll remember how much fun we had today when it comes time for the make up day at school! I was a little surprised that so many school systems cancelled today, but I would rather them be safe with the kids. Hope everyone enjoyed the snow today!

  • jcampbell Feb 1, 2007

    I love staying at home for no reason, yes. Thanks!

  • celtic1976 Feb 1, 2007

    FYI "if you don't like the weathe, wait 5 minutes and it will change" is a phrase that everyone in thise country thinks applies to their neck of the woods. I've heard in here, NY, NJ, VT, ME, MN and ID! Weather is an imperfect science because in order to predict it you have to to so many variables into account, forcasters do the best they can. As for schools being closed, better safe that sorry. Up north we used to get 6+ inches and schools were open, but we all knew how to drive and snow, and all we had to contend with was snow. Driving in snow is easy, but driving on ice is impossible!
    Yes there was a lot of coverage, and to me it seemed a bit excessive last night, but I am aure it was helpful this morning to a lot of people as the conditions began to change.