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Snow to taper off, cold to linger

Posted January 20, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— People in central and eastern North Carolina can look forward to an afternoon of off-and-on snowfall Tuesday, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, and cold temperatures will keep it on the ground the next day.

"We're beginning to see it taper off," Gardner said. "The snowfall is over along the Virginia border and in the western and southern parts of the WRAL viewing area." She said the snow would continue to taper off from west to east through the remainder of the day.

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 A winter storm warning remained in effect for the entire eastern half of the state through 6 p.m. Tuesday. The snow on the ground was expected to average about 6 inches in most places.

More snow fell in and around Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Carthage, Smithfield, Rocky Mount, Pittsboro and Lillington. Less of the white stuff accumulated along the Virginia border – from South Hill in Virginia southwest back to Roxboro.

After the snow, skies will clear overnight and temperatures will fall through the teens.

"Everywhere that is slushy now will freeze over, making conditions rather treacherous on the roads again Wednesday morning," Gardner said.

School and business closures and late openings were already beginning to come out for Wednesday.

"Once the sun comes out Wednesday, that plays a big role in how quickly the roads can be cleared," she added. Skies should be clear enough to allow for the ice and snow to melt, even though forecast highs are only in the 30s.

By Thursday, a high in the upper 40s should finish off any remnants of the snowfall, Gardner said.

"Once we get to 48 (degrees) Thursday, that should wipe things out," Gardner said.

The weekend weather will feel downright balmy after the recent run of cold weather. Daytime highs are forecast to be in the 50s – close to normal for this time of year.

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  • teach4er Jan 20, 2009

    "hate to bring this up but just watch who is working for the next 4 to 5 days str8, NCDOT, wheres the get a bigger raise every year teachers, oh yeah eating snowcream and drinking cocoa, for all u who talk dirt about the DOT"

    Whoever your teacher was, singledad, didn't teach you grammar or spelling. Some good friends of mine are DOT and I only talk dirt about them when we are in the same room! And while you're eating snowcream on Saturday I'll be babysitting your kids at school.

  • Groovy Jan 20, 2009

    It's still coming down, even harder, in Sanford. The flakes are bigger too. We must have at least 7 inches so far. WOW.

  • bs101fly Jan 20, 2009

    Right here I is.
    THEY get no credit for a storm they knew nothing about 24 hours ago AND tried to pull waaaaay back on last night at 11pm.
    It absolutely pained Ms. Deaner to have to use the "S" word and Fishel was almost depressed as he left the air last night thinking he might not get the biggest amount.
    Reverse the thought process and you too can bring the flakes next time!

    Zero chance the rest of the winter, but hey, one good snow is all we asked for. In reverse mind you!

  • muttley - back by popular demand Jan 20, 2009

    ncsingledad2boys,

    There are 3 DOT trucks parked on the road outside my house now. For the last 30 minutes, DOT employees have been sitting in their warm trucks, enjoying hot coffee and doughnuts.

    Sure sounds like a tough job to me.

    NOT!

  • daMoFo Jan 20, 2009

    Ok singledad, let's have school today and all of us big raise teachers will go and try to teach your kids. Do you want your kids riding in a school bus today? Or do you want the teachers out clearing the roads? Better yet, teachers can clear the roads and you can teach the kids, at least until they laugh you out of the classroom.

    Which teachers were talking dirt about DOT workers? I think your nonsensical post makes you look bad enough without teachers saying anything bad about you.

  • ncsingledad2boys Jan 20, 2009

    hate to bring this up but just watch who is working for the next 4 to 5 days str8, NCDOT, wheres the get a bigger raise every year teachers, oh yeah eating snowcream and drinking cocoa, for all u who talk dirt about the DOT how bout giving them a wave of thanks when they go by cleaning ur road

  • monkeyboy Jan 20, 2009

    "Counties in, east and south of Wake County "

    Good grief. how many other counties are there IN wake county? guess i should've paid more attention in geography class...

  • monkeyboy Jan 20, 2009

    "People in central and eastern North Carolina can look forward to more than a few hours of off-and-on snowfall Tuesday"

    'more than a few'? man, that's some incredibly pin point reporting right there. what's next? "we expect spring sometime in the next 2-8 months, roughly followed by summer for some time"?

  • nandud Jan 20, 2009

    "Celine Dion is cancelled!"
    Not that it matters to me, but those tickets had to have gone on sale a year ago. That's too bad for all those people who WERE looking forward to it.

  • Shadow213 Jan 20, 2009

    agreed bendal! I think a lot of people will forget that the roads will probably be even more hazardous tomorrow and thurs morning because of the higher chances for ice. i do hope my employer remembers this...

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