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Gator Girll Mar 3, 6:06 p.m.
Our deck in SW Durham is covered in ice right noe. The forecast seemed pretty accurate to me.
Backpacker Mar 3, 5:51 p.m.
Actually it shows how little they understand about weather. As the saying goes "It's better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt".
AskWhy Mar 3, 5:22 p.m.
It is SO easy for you guys to play armchair quarterback. Instead of slamming the weather folks, why don't you offer info about road conditions, etc, YOU are seeing to other viewers. You know, HELP one another? The weather folks at WRAL do a very good job and I, for one, appreciate any and all forecasts they provide. Rather be safe than sorry....
NoMoreOfThat Mar 3, 5:04 p.m.
Oops. It fizzled out. Don't blame the weather guessers. How are they supposed to know.
mcraineycrazies Mar 3, 5:04 p.m.
i would rather get told we are getting it then, it comes and we all end up stranded,, seriously, the weather people do what they can, they dont have an acual crystal ball people, be thankful we are informed, when it doesnt come, you all should be sighing in relief that we didnt get it instead of complaining
abwhite88 Mar 3, 4:09 p.m.
You hear that folks? Time to start wrecking..
thewayitis Mar 3, 3:59 p.m.
We had all that was predicted in Hillsborough -- snow, sleet and freezing rain. Right now a mixture of freezing rain and sleet, at 26 degrees.
akgibson20 Mar 3, 3:29 p.m.
and had they downplayed it and it turned out to be worse than expected all you people would be complaining about that. It IS better to be SAFE than sorry. It is better to have your kids home SAFE than to wait and the roads be bad and they are stuck out in it, or worse, injured because someone didn't want to burn a vacation day. Weather prediction is not a perfect science...a one or two degree difference in the atmospheric temps can cause a drastic change down below. Stop complaining, you are safe, you are warm, your children are safe. If you think you can do a much better job then I suggest you go to college and learn and then get out there and predict that weather perfectly yourself. As for myself and my vehicle, I would rather be OFF the roads than have some know it all "I can drive on this better than anyone" driving like the roads are perfectly dry and safe, then sliding into me because they can't stop in time.
Wise Man Says Mar 3, 3:27 p.m.
" Already had people at my job flippin out about leaving early and second shift people calling out,, ridiculous man, your car actually drives over snow and ice."
— Posted by Jimmytwotimes
Clarification: cars drive over snow and ice. There drivers, however, don't.
Jimmytwotimes Mar 3, 3:18 p.m.
And who the heck is Shawna Cokley of NWS? Maybe that was your problem, try watching the guys that live here and know whats going on.
bluecharger Mar 3, 3:17 p.m.
Yeah, ummm.....I was sitting right here at this very keyboard and PC watching pretty closely from about 9:30am on BECAUSE of the coverage I'd seen, forecasts I'd read (not just from WRAL, I've got about 6 sites I choose from when any kind of "event" is in the offing) and quite accurately told my wife it was time to go around 11am so I really have no idea how YOU might have been fooled into taking longer to decide it was gonna get messy in a hurry that day.
Jimmytwotimes Mar 3, 3:16 p.m.
Bull, they were calling for snow to start at lunch time and it started right at noon. They were spot on with the last one. I remember it clearly, they were threatening it starting anywhere between 10 am and noon, thats why all schools were closed the night before. Your facts are dead wrong, don't drop false knowledge.
randrmomanddad Mar 3, 3:14 p.m.
Future Cast....Ha Ha Ha, to say this is a joke
bluecharger Mar 3, 2:54 p.m.
Are your kids safe? Could YOU tell what the weather was going to be today at ALL without a local forecast? So sorry you put so much value on a short trip or your job that gambling with your kids' safety was even an option for you. Sure I too think it's ridiculous to put up streaming towercam coverage for RAIN, and the stores will get a little better day than they planned because folks WILL overreact. There WAS a pretty fair threat when the local schools called it a day; it's no one's FAULT it didn't quite materialize YET.
PanthersFan45 Mar 3, 2:51 p.m.
Some of these comments are ridiculous. We are the laughing stock of the country ? Please, we are NOT, many southern cities react the same and do not invest a lot of money in the equipment to deal with winter events (they happen too far and few between). I'm originally from the north and I think they use the appropriate amount of money here. You can always move up north if you don't like it here. There's plenty of empty factory buildings and high taxes up there that I rest VERY easy being laughed at here as opposed to have a poorly run state (like many up north are). I've seen my share of winter driving up north and down here and I do just fine, but to criticize how things are handled here just makes me laugh. If you don't like it MOVE.
Backtothemountains Mar 3, 2:46 p.m.
Exactly. I'm up in the mountains and we were supposed to get a "dusting" last night and early this morning. Nothing until the last 1/2 hour (2:15 pm est) and now it is snowing like crazy...so could be still headed your way.
A person Mar 3, 2:41 p.m.
Since the weather people are still not very good at predicting the weather, maybe people should not spaz out just because the same ones who keep getting it wrong say something is going to happen
red87mr2 Mar 3, 2:31 p.m.
I am glad people who are not good at driving in the snow go home early. It makes it easy for me to navigate the roads. I am all for not risking property especially when its mine!
Obamacare rises again Mar 3, 2:28 p.m.
Agreed......this is the 21st century and igloos have wifi.
simplelogic Mar 3, 2:27 p.m.
I'm not so sure we're completely done with this - from the radar, it looks like a lot of stuff to the west slowly moving this way. It may reach us (frozen or otherwise) or it may not - but it's a little premature to call it a done deal.
icdumbpeople Mar 3, 2:27 p.m.
Happy to see NO accumulation! Yeah!!!
Backpacker Mar 3, 2:26 p.m.
Actually if you consider they don’t declare a state of emergency and abandon their cars every time they get 3-4 inches of snow I’d say they deal with it quite fine.
HeadsUp Mar 3, 2:22 p.m.
Um, no. The day before the Snowpocalypse put the Triangle's afternoon gridlock on the national news, this is what the NWS predicted: a "very messy" drive home AT RUSH HOUR:
“That all depends on how much ice we get,” said Shawna Cokley, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Raleigh. “We’re going to have some sleet mixed in there ** about rush-hour time. ** The worst of it is going to be Wednesday night. If you are able to stay off the roads, I would do that. I would wrap up anything I had to do Wednesday by 6 p.m., 8 p.m. at the latest.”
Instead, our roads iced over by 1 p.m., and thousands spent the rest of the day or longer trying to get home.
WRAL's own reporters were so caught by surprise that they kept voicing amazement at how bad things got, and how fast.
So, no, recent forecasts were not reliable.
The problem is that forecasting is more of an art than the science its practioners like to portray. So wx news buye
lilloan Mar 3, 2:20 p.m.
Sooooo happy about having to burn yet more vacation time because of schools closing early. Thanks so much for the dire forecast chicken little.....and the lack of any weather threat whatsoever. The folks that closed school did actually experience the 70 degree weather yesterday, right????!
zonk Mar 3, 2:14 p.m.
You can't fault the weather people. They made a good call. This was very close to being exactly what they forecast. Stop being so ignorant and go find something to do instead of hanging around the house day after day after day.
bluecharger Mar 3, 2:11 p.m.
Jimmy, I agree with you on all but the last sentence...." your car actually drives over snow and ice.".....maybe, but maybe the driver doesn't. It's a legitimate concern and unless you agree to pay every hospital bill and car repair or replacement cost it's just bad juju to tell someone from around here they HAVE to stay away from home after it gets dicey. I'm a long-time proponent of employers risking their OWN billfold and insurance when they get too demanding this time of year; and if a death results from such high-handedness, any employer responsible for any employee involved should do state, not federal, time.
coachg392 Mar 3, 2:07 p.m.
Actually the last storm did happen but the forecast amounts were way overdone. They lowered the accumulation forecast twice during the storm
tobywilliamson1973 Mar 3, 2:00 p.m.
I was just thinking, if it thunders during a storm in the spring or summer, are we supposed to call it "thunder rain", As some are calling it "thunder snow" and "thunder sleet"? Just trying to be politically correct.
Jimmytwotimes Mar 3, 1:48 p.m.
First off smarties, They(meteorologists) got their predictions right on last two storms. Second, mother nature is unpredictable no matter how much technology and that why she's awesome. third, you can't keep the kids in school when the forecast is for icy roads by noon. what if it did happen? Than we got busses sliding off the road and kids spending the night at school.
And last, yes I agree that adults need to stop flipping out over a 1/2" of predicted sleet, get in your car and get to work, everyone else in the world drives in it, just use some common sense. Already had people at my job flippin out about leaving early and second shift people calling out,, ridiculous man, your car actually drives over snow and ice.
Itsmyopinion67 Mar 3, 1:42 p.m.
Why are flights cancelled to northern cities? People up north need to learn to deal with snow and stop making it a big deal.
Itsmyopinion67 Mar 3, 1:33 p.m.
People in Antarctica laugh at us. It bothers me a lot.
caseofthefoo Mar 3, 1:32 p.m.
NoMoreOfThat Mar 3, 1:31 p.m.
(This has gotten ridiculous. )
I totally agree. The guessing forecasts have got to go. At least parents got the kids home safely.
Before the rain ended.
greg69innc Mar 3, 1:25 p.m.
wasted my time listening to this forecast as it is over and no ice and no nothing here in the triangle.
mafiamic Mar 3, 1:13 p.m.
Before it was 20000 closings now it's down to 82...Stop living in fear people.
We are the laughing stock of the country after the last storm and looks like if they read this site all over the world we will become it again.Especially in alaska and canada.or how about sochi?
tobywilliamson1973 Mar 3, 1:13 p.m.
All roads in Person County are completely fine. No ice here, just some rain. Again, a big non event.
coachg392 Mar 3, 1:08 p.m.
I completely agree. This has gotten ridiculous. These kids have missed several hours of school due to cloudy skies or rain. And yes, the inaccuracy of meteorology in this day and age is mind boggling. And it's a few hours before the event is supposed to happen! Not just wral but all outlets.
rhess2 Mar 3, 12:56 p.m.
I think it s about time the Triangle start to accept and learn to deal with winter weather. All the school and other closings for what may be nothing more than a rain event. It makes me wonder why metrology hasn't progressed enough in the year 2014 to provide a more accurate advanced forecast. The grocery stores are packed with long lines while its just raining outside. Southerners when it comes to weather need to grow up and as I implied learn how to deal with and not panic about minor winter storm events.
kbird Mar 3, 12:47 p.m.
Well thanks a lot for figuring this out after they let school out early!
Obamacare rises again Mar 3, 12:43 p.m.
Is there enough rain out there today to go sledding? Hoping they let us go early from work.
seankelly15 Mar 3, 12:42 p.m.
OBAMACARE RISES AGAIN - "That's all folks. Rain is ending and temps are still above freezing. Nothing to see here"
And of course you know the weather across the entire triangle.....
tblalock63 Mar 3, 12:37 p.m.
Yes, there is a second wave coming in from the west and southwest.
What's up Jimmy? I was looking for you after the last big snow......
Jimmytwotimes Mar 3, 12:36 p.m.
meterologists have done pretty good this winter, except for today. Big bust! 2 hours of rain in the morning and done. woops.
davework Mar 3, 12:32 p.m.
Let's see in Raleigh can follow this: "In other words, drivers should not clog intersections by moving through them when there's not enough room to get to the other side." I don't hold out much hope...
Obamacare rises again Mar 3, 12:28 p.m.
That's all folks. Rain is ending and temps are still above freezing. Nothing to see here.
busyb97 Mar 3, 12:10 p.m.
Is there supposed to be a second wave or something? The rain seems to be ending in the next couple of hours. Temps are still in the upper 30s. I can see icy roads late tonight and tomorrow morning being an issue, but what gives for tonight? Activities getting cancelled like crazy.
I am not who you think I am Mar 3, 12:09 p.m.
35 degrees and snowing in northern Orange county....and it was 70 yesterday
JoConProud Mar 3, 12:05 p.m.
That is what I am thinking TGIRL. Guess the kids got out of school early to play in the........RAIN! ;)
tgirl Mar 3, 11:55 a.m.
According to the radar, looks like all the frozen stuff is north of Raleigh and moving east away from us. Wondering if this storm will stay north of us and we just get the rain.
Rebelyell55 Mar 3, 11:40 a.m.
So far it looks like rain will end before the cold air will get to use.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03