Snow a no-show in Triangle as storm brings wind, rain

Posted March 6, 2013

— A massive winter storm that shut down the nation's capital Wednesday brought barely a dusting of snow to areas north of the Triangle, where warmer temperatures kept anything heavier from falling. Wind Speeds, DMA Winds Speeds and Wind Gusts

Government offices and schools in Washington, D.C., were shut down as the city braced for up to 8 inches of snow. Flakes were reported as far south as South Hill, Va., where a thin blanket of snow covered the ground.

That snow started to melt around lunchtime, which was welcome news for some.

"I thought this was going to be a mild winter. It sure started that way," said South Hill resident Andy Quittmeyer.

But Dean Howell said he was sad to see the winter white go away.

"I wish we had gotten more," he said.

The snow didn't stick farther south into North Carolina, where flurries fell in Granville and Durham counties.

"Southern parts of Virginia got up to 2 to 3 inches," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "What we saw throughout the afternoon was rain, and that will die down this evening, but the other big story for us was the wind."

Sustained winds reached 20 to 25 mph in central North Carolina with gusts 40 to 50 mph. 

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for all of central North Carolina from 6 a.m. Wednesday through midnight.

In Durham, portions of Academy Road and Geer Street were closed as crews worked to clear fallen tree limbs. The limbs brought down some power lines, causing a few reported outages.

The windy conditions made high temperatures in the mid-40s feel bitter.  South Hill snow South Hill, Va., is dividing line between snow and rain

Forecasters in mid-Atlantic states were predicting snow accumulations of up to 16 inches in the western Maryland mountains by Wednesday night. 

Still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, the Jersey Shore was prepared for another hit Wednesday and Thursday. One of the biggest problems was flooding in areas where dunes were washed away and many damaged homes still sit open and exposed.

"Low pressure that came by last night is intensifying off Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula. We're having a strong wind come off the Atlantic," Maze said. "That's forcing water up against the shore of New Jersey. Numerous reports of flooding ongoing there."

Those areas could get 2 to 4 inches of snow, with some inland counties possibly getting as much as 6 inches. 

In Virginia, the storm dipped along the coast and dumped moisture-laden snow inland totaling a foot in the Blue Ridge Mountains and up to 21 inches in higher elevations. Doppler - Central NC Weather maps and cams

Snow skipped over the North Carolina coast, but the storm did cause some sound side flooding on N.C. Highway 12 south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge. Flooding was also reported in the Tri-Village area.

Water is 6 inches deep in some places, authorities said, but N.C. 12 remains open.   

On the other side of the state, North Carolina's mountains could see 3 to 6 inches by the end of the day.

"Everything will start to shift eastward this afternoon as the storm approaches the East Coast," Gardner said. "By Thursday, our area is going to see bright sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures."

High temperatures will climb gradually, topping out in the mid-50s on the final two days of the work week before climbing into the low 60s over the weekend.


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  • CrewMax Mar 7, 2013

    Every weather teaser would mention snow. When you watched the actual weather show, they would say, "not gonna happen in theTriangle southward". Much like the Sequestration Apocalypse. I just look outside anymore. I don't need the newsbunnies checking out the dry pavement to tell me there's nothing to report.

    I predict it won't rain frogs today. Film at eleven.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Mar 6, 2013

    Anyone who thought it would show was as dumb as those sensationalizing that false possibility. Winter is over, move on. Another year without real snow. Nothing new.

  • injameswetrust2003 Mar 6, 2013

    I wouldn't call this a no-show..the weatherpeople said all along we wouldn't get any snow. There have been a couple of times this winter where I would have used the words no-show.

  • Uhavenoclu Mar 6, 2013

    Still blowing a few snowflakes around Rolesville...

    Snowflakes?,Snowflakes?,we want Major blizzards and he is talking Snowflakes?

  • tealsatin Mar 6, 2013

    Still blowing a few snowflakes around Rolesville...

  • jgilchr Mar 6, 2013

    It was obvious for awhile this was never going to be an NC snow event. Sure there were a few token flakes this morning, but overall for days the models were clear that this was going to be one for the Mid Atlantic. Media hype often plays into the negative perception of meteorology by many in the general public who don't understand it.

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  • Uhavenoclu Mar 6, 2013

    It was a dud,even up north,media paranoia again.snow came down but didn't shut down the country,booo hoo.

  • seankelly15 Mar 6, 2013

    kcollier39 - "blizzard conditions here in the henderson area,heavy snow is falling with high winds"

    Hmmm... I don't think so. Blizzards have a definition. Is the wind speed (sustained) greater than 35MPH and have the sustained winds lasted more than three hours?

  • Jimmytwotimes Mar 6, 2013

    blizzard conditions here in the henderson area,heavy snow is falling with high winds,so when is the forecast going to change,whatwas said this morning was a few snow flakes and that was it,nothing about a blizzard that i am having at my house.

    Maybe you are mistaking "blizzard conditons" for a snow shower with gusty winds. It has been a while since we've seen real snow, sometimes its easy to forget what heavy snow and blizzard conditions really are.