Henderson, N.C. — A dusting of snow fell in counties northeast of the Triangle late Thursday morning, surprising residents of Vance, Franklin, Nash, Warren and Granville counties who saw flurries.
WRAL meteoroligst Nate Johnson said it’s not common for snow to fall in North Carolina in late March.
“It’s a rare event for us normally, but not unheard of,” he said.
The snow was enough to prompt Vance County schools to close early. Spokeswoman Terri Hedrick said Northern Vance High School was forced to close early because of a water main break, and a decision was made to close the rest of the public schools at 11:45 a.m. because of snow.
By mid-afternoon, the skies had cleared but wintry temperatures remained.
Thursday’s high is expected to reach the mid-40s in the Triangle, and a hard freeze is forecast for overnight, when temperatures will plummet into the 20s.
The weekend will see temperatures warm into the lower to mid-50s, and rain is likely.