Rain moves out; sunshine returns Saturday

Posted March 7, 2014

— Skies began to clear over central North Carolina just as the sun set Friday, ending a day that saw freezing rain melt into flooded streets in parts of the Triangle and Triad. Raleigh and Greensboro saw more than two inches accumulate over 24 hours and most communities saw at least an inch, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

The low pressure system that brought cold, wet weather drifted off the East Coast as evening fell and leaves behind a much more pleasant weekend.

"The sun is so powerful in this part of the country at this time of year that, given the chance, it can make a big impact," Fishel said.

That impact will be felt by mid-morning Saturday, when any lingering clouds will burn away leaving clear skies and temperatures that will rise to a much more seasonal level.

Forecast highs are in the mid-60s for Saturday and Sunday and could push into the 70s early next week. Both days will see just a slight breeze.


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  • Thomas Hannan Mar 7, 2014
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    UCHUSHU -"You do realize that calling people names like selfish, self-serving, narrow-minded, and judgmental .... makes you no better, right?"

    That applies to you as well... and now me.

  • downeast2 Mar 7, 2014

    On the one hand, there's always these posts ranting against teachers and public education whenever there is a story related to these. Now, these same posters are griping that the same school systems that they rail against screwed up because they closed the schools for the safety of the kids. WHAT DO YOU CARE!? I thought public education was something that is in the process of being eradicated in this state. Was it bone-headed because they DIDN'T put the buses and the kids out there in this deplorable weather? WAS IT?!

  • Jackie Strouble Mar 7, 2014
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    Apparently someone with more foresight than you.

  • Mannin Black Mar 7, 2014
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    I would trade crooked politics for even more crooked politics if it meant warmer weather. While the rest of the world is enjoying global warming, we get the short end of the stick.

  • uBnice Mar 7, 2014

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    Fear is psychological. Danger is real. The forecast now is extended ice and snow for Orange and Durham counties. Up to 3 more inches of snow and ice. Fallen trees. Power outages for over 340,000 in the state.

    It is dangerous out there. So patience, Grasshopper, it will be gone tomorrow.

  • for the people Mar 7, 2014

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    nc is better than florida!! don't go.

  • Softly Softlybeep Mar 7, 2014
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    Welcome to the sunny south.

  • happygirl14 Mar 7, 2014

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    Another winter like this one, and I am likely to move back to Florida.

  • busyb97 Mar 7, 2014

    Well, my neighbrohood just outside of Pittsboro has no power and has been without since 4am, so good that they closed schools. THIS warranted it those areas. It had iced all night long! (My family is there, I am not. Got word when they went out to get gas). So if YOU are in an area unaffected, good...count your blessings. But there is a world outside of your own.

  • Mannin Black Mar 7, 2014
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    We are now on month 5 of frozen precipitation. If I see anymore in April, I'm out of here.