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Light Snow, Sleet Expected Early Monday

Posted February 19, 2006

— Central North Carolina could see another round of winter weather as a storm system moves through North Carolina Sunday night and Monday.

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    With temperatures forecast to be in the mid-20s to 30s Sunday night, areas north of the Triangle could see anywhere from a trace to .5 inches of light snow and sleet; areas south of the Triangle could see sleet, freezing rain and possibly snow before dawn.

    Early Monday morning, there could be patchy light snow, freezing rain or sleet -- and perhaps some rain by late morning. With temperatures being much colder over the past few days, there could be some potential for icy patches early Monday, especially on bridges and overpasses, if

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for several counties in North Carolina, including Person, until 1 p.m. Monday. A winter weather advisory means that light wintry precipitation will likely cause travel difficulties, the NWS said.

    At 11 p.m. Sunday, Boone, Jefferson and North Wilkesboro were the only National Weather Service observation stations in North Carolina reporting light snow. Light snow was forecast to start falling in the Triangle area by about 2 a.m. Monday.

    In anticipation for accumulation, state Department of Transportation crews hit area Triangle roads overnight Sunday to get streets ready for any winter weather. Workers began Sunday morning pre-treating major roads and interstates with about 30,000 pounds of salt brine -- including Interstates 440 and 540, and Interstate 40 in Wake County, between the Durham and Johnston county lines.

    The road salting began less than 24 hours after many people saw a mix of winter weather on Saturday -- but none that affected travel. Transportation officials are worried Monday morning's possible snow could cause travel problems.

    Many children and adults, however, are out of school and work Monday, President's Day, which will mean somewhat less traffic on roads Monday morning.

    Schools on a traditional school schedule in Wake, Durham, Franklin, Cumberland, Lee, Moore, Wayne and Sampson counties are closed. Schools in Orange, Person, Granville, Chatham, Johnston, Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe, Harnett, Hoke, Halifax and Vance counties are still in session.

    Tune in Monday beginning at 4:30 a.m. for the latest winter weather forecast, closings, delays, etc., on a special edition of WRAL's Morning News.

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