Roads wet for evening commute as winter weather moves in

Posted March 6, 2014

— Sleet formed across central North Carolina Thursday evening, bringing a wet end to a bitter day and giving fits to Triangle commuters.

With temperatures just at the freezing mark, some areas could see freezing rain through the night and icy roads by Friday morning.

"If this ever turns to freezing rain, that happens in Raleigh rather late, toward 9 or 10 o'clock, and turns back to plain old rain after midnight," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

There's more of a threat for frozen precipitation to the west and north, and some areas could see a wintry mix of snow, sleet or freezing rain between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Friday.

"We could even see a difference in Chapel Hill and Durham," Fishel said, noting that Orange and Durham counties are included in a Winter Weather Advisory effective from 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday at noon whereas Wake County is not.

"We could see quite a variance even just across those three counties," Fishel said.

Icy roads are more likely in the Triad this time around, and the North Carolina Zoo announced plans to be closed on Friday. Zoo staff will still be asked to work, but the zoo will be closed to the public, reopening Saturday.

Precipitation will change back to rain across all of central North Carolina Friday morning, and the showers will linger throughout much of the day as temperatures hover in the low 40s.

Southern counties could end up with as much as 2 inches of rain from the system, and areas from Raleigh north could get 1 to 1.5 inches.

That rain will be accompanied by winds up to 25 mph. "That wind will blow the rain right in your face," Fishel said.

The potent low pressure system proceeds the weekend warm up that will put the Triangle back on a more seasonable track.

Sunshine returns Saturday, and it will push temperatures into the mid-60s.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 6, 2014

    So blessed to be retired and tucked safely in my nice warm home during times like these.
    Prayers for those who can't though, braving the elements while trying to get home or to work safely.

  • Wise Man Says Mar 6, 2014

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    Yeah, I also hear brime, really it's brine, is also not very good for our drinking water. All that chemical runoff into rivers and lakes and whatnot is polluting our drinking water.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 6, 2014

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    Stay indoors brother, that brime has been making me sneeze uncontrollably and no doubt is the cause of several skin rashes.

  • John Ragan Mar 6, 2014
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    sleet and snow in northern orange co....again

  • tobywilliamson1973 Mar 6, 2014

    Sleet falling already in the neighborhood. I saw a state truck going down the road putting something wet on the pavement. One can only hope that it's not brime. My truck is washed already. Can't eat the snow cone if brime is all in it. Yall stay safe

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 6, 2014

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    The long term forecast is looking good. A brief cool down late next week, then 60's and 70's to wrap up the month. Bring on the warmth!

  • Billy the Kid Mar 6, 2014

    Where are all the closings? Come on NC, don't let us down with your ridiculous weather panic attacks.

  • happygirl14 Mar 6, 2014

    This weather is getting old already. Come on weekend.

  • norainonmyparade Mar 6, 2014

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    I know...doesn't ruffle mine, though. I just like to point out how uneducated/unintelligent it makes them appear to be.

  • injameswetrust2003 Mar 6, 2014

    It's freezing rain/sleeting in NW wake co.