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Flurries, Slick Spots Possible Early Sunday

Posted February 12, 2006

— Parts of the Triangle could see some flurries and snow showers through Sunday afternoon, forecasters said.

WRAL Weather Center

Only rain had been reported in the Triangle through Saturday night. As the system moves out of the region, there could be intermittent snow showers west and north of the RDU area, with a greater chance of accumulation on objects, forecasters said.

While the Triangle and areas to the south and east look to have dodged another snowstorn, blizzard warnings are up along much of the East Coast as a developing nor'easter moved north. Snow fell all day Saturday across parts of the south, including northern Georgia, Tennessee and parts of the North Carolina mountains. Between 2 to 4 inches of snow had fallen in northwestern North Carolina near Boone by 6 p.m. Saturday.

There have also been reports of freezing rain and snow showers in the Piedmont area.

The winter storm north of the area is already affecting flights out of RDU. Officials said American Eagle has cancelled 28 flights for Sunday morning for cities along the Atlantic Coast. Some USAir flights have also been cancelled for Saturday evening, and more airlines may cancel flights later in the weekend. If you're planning to fly to the Northeast, check with your airline before you leave for the airport.

On the ground in the Triangle, Department of Transportation crews said they are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws their way. In Wake County, 40 trucks are available to salt nearly 400 miles of roads within six hours.

Crews aren't planning on pre-treating roads on Saturday night because rain would wash the brine mixture away. Sand trucks are on stand by in case any slick spots develop overnight.

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