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Sleet Turns to Rain; Warmer Weekend on Tap

Posted February 22, 2008

— Some schools delayed openings today as rain made streets slick in some isolated spots.

Overall, however, there were few problems.

“It’s going to be tough for a lot of this to actually freeze,” said WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “At this point, there hasn’t been much that is actually developing.”

The sleet began falling Thursday evening 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, turned into rain overnight in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. Ground temperatures remained warm enough to keep roads from becoming slick, though there were some icy bridges and overpasses in counties north and west of the Triangle.

"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 Thursday night. "It’s a possibility we could see some glazing on bridges and overpasses, which would make traveling hazardous (this) morning."

Showers will continue on and off for much of the day, Maze said.

Saturday will be much warmer, with temperatures in the mid-60s.

"Boy, does it look nice for Saturday," Gardner said. Skies are expected to clear and highs will climb into the 60s.


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  • Here kitty kitty Feb 22, 2008

    I've been a bit under the weather and really tired from extra work hours so I was looking for a 2 hour it 5:00 yet? Somewhere, I guess!

  • TheWB Feb 22, 2008

    Yea, not to mention a snow day off of work to make for a long week-end.

  • Space Mountain Feb 22, 2008

    I know we need the rain, but I wish it was just a few degrees colder so we could have some snow. I hate the cold rain. If it's not going to snow, it might as well go ahead and warm up to the 70s and stay there. This cold weather is a waste without snow.