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Storm brings snow, sleet, rain to N.C.

Posted February 5, 2010

— Snow and sleet are expected to change into rain by Friday afternoon, but not before giving a taste of winter to parts of central North Carolina.

Person County saw 2 to 3 inches of snow fall early Friday morning, while flakes were reported in Halifax County around mid-morning. Heavy sleet came down in Granville and Orange counties. Wintry mixes of sleet and rain were reported from Pittsboro to Cary to Erwin to Fayetteville.

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"Snow--YIPEE!" a WRAL viewer wrote. "11:30 (a.m.) in Roanoke Rapids, and we have heavy snow. Grassy areas are about half covered."

"At 11 a.m., driving from Chapel Hill to west-central Orange Co., I found the pine trees with a coating of ice on the west side of Carrboro northward to Borland Road," viewer Ginger Travis wrote. "The car thermometer registered 32 degrees outside. There was a dusting of new snow on the fields at Arthur Minnis Road."

Earlier Friday, WRAL reporter Stacy Davis saw rain while driving through Durham County but hit wintry precipitation as soon as she crossed into Person County.

"By 4 this morning, a fresh fluttering of flakes began to fall in Roxboro, blanketing the cleared grass and once-clean cars, piling a fresh coating of snow on the already giant piles plowed from last weekend's snow," she said.

"I live near the Golden Corral part of Roxboro," viewer Valerie Mace wrote at 6:45 a.m. "I like the snow, but this is a bit much. My yard is really flooded, so I had to go to the bottom and dig a ditch that was partially there to let the water move somewhere other than sitting in my yard."

"We are having a very nice winter mix in the western part of Harnett County," viewer Lisa Bass wrote at 6:10 a.m. "If it was all snow it would be beautiful, because the flakes are nice and large!"

"I'm a route carrier for the Fayetteville Observer, and sleet with some wet snow mixed in started falling around 4 a.m.," another viewer wrote. "Currently, there is a mix of rain and sleet. When it first started, there was enough on the roads to show tire tracks in Erwin."


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  • The Oracle Feb 5, 2010

    How about saving some of this rain for my garden in July!

  • time4real Feb 5, 2010

    boy, i'm so glad we don't have to deal with another minor snow that we can't handle. we're out of salt and brine, what WOULD we do! winter is over Raleigh, move along, get the sunscreen while it's on sale!

  • wildcat Feb 5, 2010

    Right now I will take the rain. Our yards is like a little pond, it is so saturated. Hope we the sunshine very soon.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 5, 2010

    I live in Orange county on the border of Alamance. It was snowing this morning and the temp has dropped there. It started to rain around 10, so I am hoping it wont be too messy once the sun goes down this evening.

  • vipcruizer2 Feb 5, 2010

    I live in Durham Co near the Wake Co line and it started sleeting about 7am. As I drove toward Northern Durham, it kept getting worse. Heavy sleet, and some snow. Sleet was starting to build up on the roads by 8am.

  • Tom Morrow Feb 5, 2010

    I live in Charlotte and while we didn't get any "wintry precip", we have gotten over an inch of rain in a few hours and now have serious flooding issues to contend with.

    Oh, and it's 36 degrees. 5-6 degrees lower and we'd have a blizzard... :(

  • Nana143 Feb 5, 2010

    Understand the Bahama/Rougement area has multiple wrecks due to snow and road conditions.

  • sfate61 Feb 5, 2010

    I live in Durham and it was snowing then sleet now freezing rain. Another not so wonderful weekend coming up! Be careful everyone if you go out and about!

  • DbzHugz Feb 5, 2010

    Now I have heard that school authorities have closed Orange and Person County schools at the last minute. Said the roads were getting covered with snow and ice and one school bus had already slid off the road and wreaked. I'm not in those counties, so I really don't know the conditions there. But Everyone please be careful.

  • JAKOFALLTRADES Feb 5, 2010

    sleeting in the rock