Winter Only Flirts With the Triangle; Triad and...
Posted December 29, 1997
RALEIGH — The word "snow" may be on our lips but the white stuff only flirted with the Triangle on Monday, while Old Man Winter blanketed the Triad, foothills and mountains with up to 10 inches of snow.
Some flakes and sleet mixed with rain Monday afternoon, but there was no accumulation of snow or ice on roadways in most parts of the Triangle. It was a different scene, however, in the western Piedmont, foothills and northern mountains.
At 3 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported the following snow totals:
Periods of snow were reported in Alamance, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake counties, with snow sticking to some roads in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.
An additional one to three inches was possible Monday night in the foothills and mountains.
Authorities urged motorists to avoid Interstates 40 and 85 in the Triad, where road were ice and snow packed and numerous weather-related accidents were reported. In Charlotte, more than 200 weather-related traffic accidents were reported.
Around the Triangle, temperatures over the freezing point ensured that most of what fell Monday was rain, and what snow and sleet fell quickly melted. By 5 p.m. Monday, the bulk of the storm had passed to the north and east of the Triangle.
The flirtation with snow was due to a storm system over South Carolina that rapidly moved north and is dumping snow on the Northeast.