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  • Uhavenoclu Jan 25, 7:37 p.m.

    "Like I said freezing rain and the state shuts down,ha ha ha .You make fun of the northern folks,but they see this and they will laugh you farther on down south,ha ha ha" - Uhavenoclu

    Freezing rain is far, far worse than snow.

    Not really,ICE is the worse and freezing rain you can get through if you know how to drive in it.

    So this is asking a-lot and may be silly asking for obvious reasons .BE CAREFUL IN THE MORNING AND OVERNIGHT,DON'T LET IT GO IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER .

  • JohnnyMcRonny Jan 25, 7:28 p.m.

    "Like I said freezing rain and the state shuts down,ha ha ha .You make fun of the northern folks,but they see this and they will laugh you farther on down south,ha ha ha" - Uhavenoclu

    Freezing rain is far, far worse than snow.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 25, 7:04 p.m.

    Many businesses and shopping centers – including Triangle Town Center, Crabtree Valley Mall and the Streets at Southpoint – also announced early closings and sent employees home.

    Like I said freezing rain and the state shuts down,ha ha ha .You make fun of the northern folks,but they see this and they will laugh you farther on down south,ha ha ha

  • Nancy Jan 25, 6:30 p.m.

    "Where did the story about the school bus crash go to?

    Are those kids going to be ok?"

    Looking at the photo that was up showing the position of the bus I would say no one was hurt. The bus was bumped from the rear by a car, bus slid off the road. Since the floor of the bus is higher than the hood of cars, it absorbs the impact pretty well without affecting riders.

    Looked like a slow motion accident situation.

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 25, 6:17 p.m.

    Where did the story about the school bus crash go to?

    Are those kids going to be ok?

  • liskm Jan 25, 6:10 p.m.

    Prepare for the worst hope for the best.
    Routinely count on 4-6 hr. earlier arrival than the weather guru's forecast I've learned as good rule of thumb! When they predict no stickum, best stock up and get ready, lol! Wrong again!
    Be safe all!

  • Nancy Jan 25, 5:56 p.m.

    susanjreich - and even if sunny tomorrow, there are lots of shady spots on Old Stage that will keep it dangerous tomorrow too.

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Jan 25, 5:38 p.m.

    Old Stage Road was a skating rink from 401 through the 11 miles south I trekked. The roads were bad but everyone was traveling at safe speeds so it was fine, but there were plenty of cars off the road in the ditches and one f150 hit a tree - the whole front end was smashed in, so I suspect he was one of the not-so-smart drivers going too fast! Slow down and be patient.

  • tonycoleync Jan 25, 5:25 p.m.

    I think the news people are now downplaying it because they forecasted not much. The roads are really bad. Be careful

  • Nancy Jan 25, 5:13 p.m.

    Still a steady stream of sleet falling here in Fuquay. The icicles off the car are growing.

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 25, 5:08 p.m.

    Just remember, for every mile of road, there is TWO miles of ditches!!!

  • 37 Jan 25, 4:13 p.m.

    Dismissing school at 10 am? Well, that's just terrific.

  • Scubagirl Jan 25, 3:42 p.m.

    glad I don't have to be anywhere but where I am. Rain washing away brine, temps so low to make salt ineffective-not a good sign.

  • Scubagirl Jan 25, 3:29 p.m.

    Well, it's been sleeting for quite a while at my house now. Would imagine the roads are even worse than at noon. Main roads might be less slippery but I'd bet the bridges are very icy.....hope folks take it seriously. And if you aren't driving with your lights on perhaps you need to go back to driving classes.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 25, 3:16 p.m.

    I don't get how it rains when it's 24 degrees. It's going to be a MESS shortly.

    common tater
    January 25, 2013 2:59 p.m............Hummm... I don't either, unless it's freezing rain? Sure coming down hard around here.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Jan 25, 3:06 p.m.

    Lights on people. Sheesh.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Jan 25, 3:05 p.m.

    Give me 3 feet of snow over 1/8 inch of freezing rain any day. I don't care how many years you have driven in northern snow, freezing rain is far worse. Basically, a blanket of black ice on everything.

  • common tater Jan 25, 2:59 p.m.

    I don't get how it rains when it's 24 degrees. It's going to be a MESS shortly.

  • Jimmytwotimes Jan 25, 2:22 p.m.

    going by the looks of the radar, the temp outside, and the fact that its all rain falling, I think we may be in for a medium impact ice storm this evening. some power and branches down and ice skating on roads.

  • tiefling Jan 25, 2:16 p.m.

    In South Durham, the main roads (Fayetteville, Renaissance, 54 etc) are fine, but the back roads (Barbee, Sedwick, Herndon, Grandale, Revere etc) are slick. Be careful out there, I saw a car flipped on Sedwick.

  • Walkin Man Jan 25, 2:08 p.m.

    I can't understand why they even bother opening the schools at all on days like this. With nature being as unpredictable as it is and weather forecasters being mostly unreliable, why take chances.

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 25, 2:02 p.m.

    " A school bus crashed along Fox Road in Wake County on Friday afternoon. The bus left North Ridge Elementary School and was carrying students at the time of the crash "

    This is what happens when forecasts are wrong and people make important, heck critical, decisions based on those forecasts. Coupled with having people in charge of a school system that clearly have no idea what they are doing, it all combines for disaster and mayhem.

  • worldclasscoach Jan 25, 1:43 p.m.

    that's why I double prepare & ignore all the Hollywood weather personalities on the media

  • mtnmama Jan 25, 1:39 p.m.

    Um...JohnnyMcRonny..no...they called for a fast moving system w/less than 1/4 inch of ice....which typically doesn't cause power outages. They have now updated that to more with the next wave & saying we could have "significant" power outages. Pay attention.

  • chivegas Jan 25, 1:24 p.m.

    "Here we go. Let me explain something to those who think it is over. This is the easy stuff. The next batch is going to be nasty and yes they were right in letting schools out early. Please read the article and be careful out there it is only going to get worse."

    Agreed, but it's getting better (i.e. no precip) before it gets worse. Would have been safer if people waited a few hours (i.e. not leaving panicky) for the precip to stop and for the (yes, THE) NC snowplough to clean up stuff. Plenty of time until next band arrives.

  • carolinarox Jan 25, 1:21 p.m.

    Running start is no way to get up an icy hill. I learned that from my dad who grew up in the mountains. We lived at the bottom of a pretty steep hill here in Raleigh and he could always get my little compact car to the top of the hill just by going very slow in low gear.

  • foster208 Jan 25, 1:14 p.m.

    Very icy conditions in extreme Northern Durham County. Schools sidewalks were slick, ice all over car and almost went off the road leaving school. Durham Public Schools could have released earlier.

  • carolinarox Jan 25, 1:12 p.m.

    Do tell, what is the reason to push to get in that half day? Nancy

    So they don't have to make it up.

  • Rebelyell Jan 25, 1:07 p.m.

    Quote:On that treacherous night, snow collected on roadways, melted from the heat of exhaust fumes, compacted under the weight of vehicles, then quickly refroze, Gardner said.
    Totally wrong. On that day, by noon sleet/snow mix that was a strange slippery mixture unlike I have ever seen before, covered the roads and people could not get up the inclines. Starting by noon. I got stuck at Crabtree mall, where all roads lead uphill. Unless you got a running start, you couldn't get up the hills. Exhaust heat goes up, not down towards the pavement. The heat from the earth has more effect on snow on the pavement than auto exhaust.

  • ThaTruth4 Jan 25, 1:06 p.m.

    I think it's going to be some "not so good" weather coming. It's something big we're about 2 get, well at least I feel that way. This kinda happened a little sudden to me. Well, whatever happens, hope all is safe!

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 25, 1:04 p.m.

    So I'm guessing many of you are commenting from the comfort of your office and have NO CLUE! Sleet started ~11AM in North Raleigh/Wakefield. After an hour big flakes as well, car thermometer read 25-26, and roads ARE slippery with lots of traffic. I'd say they nailed it, but I'm sure some of you think you could have done better. Must be the same ones that don't think physics apply to them.

    Actually I'm in N'ORLENS right now getting ready for RAVENS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wait,I'm actually in Rio looking at the people here on the beach enjoying the nice warm hot sun,awww,wonder how that big storm is doing back home????????????

  • JohnnyMcRonny Jan 25, 1:04 p.m.

    "Must be the same ones that don't think physics apply to them." - Scubagirl

    Perhaps they confuse it with psychics.

  • oleguy Jan 25, 1:03 p.m.

    Didn read all post You cant fool mother Nature Nor Predict what she will do,,, It would be nice to have a job that pays as well as a weather person, be wrong 50 per cent of the time and people stand in line waiting for your next prediction...

  • rar0831a Jan 25, 12:59 p.m.

    So I'm guessing many of you are commenting from the comfort of your office and have NO CLUE! Sleet started ~11AM in North Raleigh/Wakefield. After an hour big flakes as well, car thermometer read 25-26, and roads ARE slippery with lots of traffic. I'd say they nailed it, but I'm sure some of you think you could have done better. Must be the same ones that don't think physics apply to them.

    Scubagirl
    January 25, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Thank you!

  • Jimmytwotimes Jan 25, 12:55 p.m.

    Man, u gotta be kidding me, we get a light flurry and some rain/sleet mix and everyone leaves work at same time and causes gridlock again. aye.....I bet that second round falls apart on its way to raleigh and we get some drizzle for a half hour later.

  • rar0831a Jan 25, 12:55 p.m.

    Here we go. Let me explain something to those who think it is over. This is the easy stuff. The next batch is going to be nasty and yes they were right in letting schools out early. Please read the article and be careful out there it is only going to get worse. And get your dang milk and bread already! lol...

  • Scubagirl Jan 25, 12:54 p.m.

    So I'm guessing many of you are commenting from the comfort of your office and have NO CLUE! Sleet started ~11AM in North Raleigh/Wakefield. After an hour big flakes as well, car thermometer read 25-26, and roads ARE slippery with lots of traffic. I'd say they nailed it, but I'm sure some of you think you could have done better. Must be the same ones that don't think physics apply to them.

  • lilloan Jan 25, 12:52 p.m.

    Is that really it??? So, I actually travelled while it was horrible in anticipation of worsening conditions and now everything has cleared.

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 25, 12:50 p.m.

    "Is it just me, or does it seem like the more equipment & technology they get at WRAL, the more they miss the mark on the forecast?"

    It is certainly not just you. It's a rare winter's day that wral isn't making excuses in situations like these. Rare indeed.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 25, 12:46 p.m.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like the more equipment & technology they get at WRAL, the more they miss the mark on the forecast? Always less or more severe, hotter, colder, or timing off. Twenty years ago, their forecasts were dead on accurate. Not so much in recent years. Sorry, weather team..

    I know,the equipment I use is the equipment they use on Ghost Adventurers and I speak to the ghosts and when I asked about the snow,the spirits just layughed and said "You're weird",now when a spirit calls you weird you must be special.
    They then said about the snow,not bad if you be careful.

  • Nancy Jan 25, 12:28 p.m.

    "My dogs refuse to go out an pee unless i give em bread and milk first." - bubba

    Dang! You are killing me here! I guess you're drinking that beer instead of letting it freeze on the back porch LOL

    That's it, I can't read the posts and enjoy my soft drink - it's dangerous when I read your posts :)

  • thegrassisgreener2013 Jan 25, 12:28 p.m.

    Sleeting in Smithfield/Princeton area. Waiting for the snow!

  • mtnmama Jan 25, 12:26 p.m.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like the more equipment & technology they get at WRAL, the more they miss the mark on the forecast? Always less or more severe, hotter, colder, or timing off. Twenty years ago, their forecasts were dead on accurate. Not so much in recent years. Sorry, weather team....

  • Nancy Jan 25, 12:26 p.m.

    "you truly do not understand the reason that schools try to hold classes even if for part of a day. Here is a clue... it has very little to do with the total number of school days." - seankelly

    Do tell, what is the reason to push to get in that half day?

  • busyb97 Jan 25, 12:26 p.m.

    in Rolesville, had some snow for about 30-45 minutes (enough to cover the ground lightly), now it's sleet and rain mixed. bleh. Hearing the pelts on the window.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 25, 12:26 p.m.

    "Hoping it does not gridlock like back in 2005!"

    Well, my son is less than 3 miles from home but because of all the cars running to get kids at schools, there is a small hill that seems to have backed up traffic because people can't maneuver that small hill :( He called 15 minutes ago and he's still in the que to get his chance to get home..... some people can't drive at all in the least bit of slippery roads.

    Where are all the ones who said i didn't know what I was talking about in the other story this morning,???????????????????????
    Listen to the RIGHT people.

  • Nancy Jan 25, 12:23 p.m.

    "The birds are rushing my feeders. Many holding signs saying "We want Bread and Milk"." - bubba

    ROFLMAO!! Good thing I hadn't just taken a drink of my soft drink when i read that or my laptop might have taken a hit!

  • seankelly15 Jan 25, 12:22 p.m.

    Nancy - "What bothers me is trying to 'save' a school day at all by having kids go in for part of a day. When we know hitting the magic number of school days is pretty much a joke when it comes to the last week or so of school when they're cleaning out lockers, watching movies and doing other 'busy' non educational things to fill that requirement of X number of days in school."

    I realize that having driven a bus many years ago qualifies you as an expert in primary and secondary education, but you truly do not understand the reason that schools try to hold classes even if for part of a day. Here is a clue... it has very little to do with the total number of school days.

  • chivegas Jan 25, 12:22 p.m.

    Haha, if you want a good laugh, look at google maps traffic in the Raleigh area. Red everywhere...and the roads are only wet. All the unnecessary media hysteria has caused everyone to try to leave work at the same time.

  • Nancy Jan 25, 12:22 p.m.

    "Yes, they do still sell snow tires :-) It is recommended that you switch to them for winter in the northern climates (Canada). They handle substantially better in the snow/ice than all-seasons."

    I'll be darned! I know my family in Massena NY (90 miles southeast of Montreal) don't bother anymore.

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