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Sleet Predicted to Turn to Rain Overnight

Posted February 21, 2008

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— Sleet that began falling Thursday night prompted some schools to announce delayed openings Friday morning, when rain might make streets slushy and slick in some isolated spots.

"It's chilly out there, and moisture's on its way," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Thursday evening.

The sleet began falling by 7 p.m. in Raleigh, some parts of Chapel Hill and Cary. Viewers reported that sleet was sticking to surfaces in Rocky Mount, Wake Forest and parts of Chatham, Granville, Franklin, Vance and Wilson counties late Thursday.

That sleet, however, was forecast to turn into rain overnight in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. Some places in the northern parts of WRAL's viewing area could see icy patches on the roads Friday morning.

WRAL News will get an early start at 4:30 a.m. Friday to cover the winter weather.

"There could be a small strip from southern Virginia through the Triad, including parts of our northern counties, that could see some light icing," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said. "It’s a possibility we could see some glazing on bridges and overpasses, which would make traveling hazardous late tonight and towards tomorrow morning.

"(For) the rest of us, from the Triangle south, it should all be rain, and then you’ll just have wet roads to deal with."

Temperatures at Raleigh-Durham International Airport had dropped to 37 degrees by 5 p.m., and that reading held through the evening. It was expected to linger just above freezing overnight.

Two moisture-bearing systems were expected to move to the north and south of the Triangle, keeping most wintry precipitation from the region.

"They seem to be splitting and leaving us empty in the middle, with just light rain," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous-weather outlook for the Triangle and surrounding counties. Sleet will fall only briefly and not cause accumulation, the NWS predicted.

The NWS issued a winter weather advisory for counties – including Alamance, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren – north and west of the Triangle from 9 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday.

"That has been issued because of the threat of some icing that would take place with some freezing rain" Friday morning, Maze said. However, "if that moisture to the south isn't transported far enough north, there won't be that threat."

In all, 34 counties could expect some precipitation lasting through Friday afternoon. Rain could linger into Saturday morning before temperatures warm slightly into the 50s.

An NWS advisory is the first of three categories used by the weather service – advisory, watch and warning – as events become more certain and conditions deteriorate. The National Weather Service's terms are available to the public.

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  • brian2380 Feb 21, 2008

    Sleet coming down in Wake county...

  • brian2380 Feb 21, 2008

    Snow and Sleet being reported in the Charlotte area around 5:10. ****my previous post was a mess I think***

  • brian2380 Feb 21, 2008

    Very light now and sleet in the Charlotte area being reported... as of around 5:10

  • HappyGirl08 Feb 21, 2008

    LOL now...haha get a cricket

  • childfreeinrdu Feb 21, 2008

    Elizabeth Gardner is hot! There, I said it. (Greg Fishel is a fine looking gentleman, however, my heart belongs to Elizabeth.)

  • Space Mountain Feb 21, 2008

    Latest from NWS. Looks like they changed again, too.

    With this in mind some minor ice accumulations (on the order of a
    thin glaze) is possible in Forsyth...Davidson...Guilford...
    Alamance...person... Granville....Vance and Warren counties. Only
    elevated surfaces should be susceptible to a glaze of ice accrual
    before the transition to all rain. The best chance of freezing
    rain will be across locations north of I 85. Elsewhere to the
    south and east...all rain is expected.

  • Space Mountain Feb 21, 2008

    Looks like they have no idea again what will happen. It keeps changing.

  • now Feb 21, 2008

    They will change it before tonight's newscast. you can't plan anything by these so called forcasts.

    Granny Hillbilly used a cricket to forcast weather. These people have millions of dollars worth of equipment. Granny Hillbilly was always right so maybe they should invest in a cricket.

  • Weetie Feb 21, 2008

    And I was hoping it would SNOW!

  • 050462 Feb 21, 2008

    ONE SCHOOL CLOSED TOMMORROW,IT IS ON THE WAY YIPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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