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Schools cancel classes ahead of second storm

Posted February 24, 2015

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— With a winter storm forecast to leave poor road conditions overnight, some major school systems made the decision to close or delay opening on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service extended a winter weather advisory for all of central North Carolina until 12 p.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures will retreat into the 20s across central North Carolina overnight, making slick roads a continued concern heading into the Wednesday morning commute.

Wednesday will start with temperatures below freezing, but mid-day highs will reach the low 40s.

Another winter weather system is expected to move into the area Wednesday day.

"We have a chance of seeing rain, snow, or even a wintry mix with this storm," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "There is no guarantee that all of the precipitation will be snow or that the snow will accumulate."

The Triangle could receive 6-8 inches of snow, but that amount depends on how much cold air is in the atmosphere and how warm the surface temperature is, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Gov. Pat McCrory said he is prepared to declare a state of emergency as the system move into the state.

“The safety of both motorists and our team members continues to be our top priority as we work to stay ahead of this storm and its impact to travel throughout the state,” said state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 12 p.m. Thursday for much of central North Carolina.

The system is expected to move out Thursday morning, but temperatures will struggle to get above freezing.

Temperatures will remain below normal on Friday, however a warm up is expected early next week.

 

 

 

 

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  • Bob Leah Feb 24, 2015
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  • Chris Redshaw Feb 24, 2015
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    "Another winter weather system is expected to move into the area Wednesday day."

    When Wednesday just isn't enough ;)

  • John Dees Feb 24, 2015
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    We have a chance of seeing rain, snow, or even a wintry mix with this storm," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "There is no guarantee that all of the precipitation will be snow or that the snow will accumulate."

    Save this quote. IT will show you what a mess this guys really are. The 7 day outlook this morning said this coming Monday would be 63. Tonight it says 50 with rain, lord knows what it will say tomorrow morning.
    The point is that these guys really don't have a clue what the deal is when it comes to precipitation and they are usually 5 degrees off on temperatures, just be aware that they are
    reading off a teleprompter and not very sure what is going on.

  • Bob Bruck Feb 24, 2015
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    I presume these decisions are being made by attorney's, Lord forbid someone slip on an icy sidewalk and break a finger. We shut down a state for 1 inch of snow? How about some personal responsibility instead of litigousness?

  • Jeff Snavely Feb 24, 2015
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    Surely no one is coming to WRAL for weather advice this afternoon.

  • Chris Coley Feb 24, 2015
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    Yea..the one coming tomorrow looks like the BIG one. The Weather Channel advised a Winter Storm Warning for all of NC by tomorrow morning.

  • Karen Byrd Feb 24, 2015
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    holy cow.... and cow wasn't my first word choice. :-(

  • Steven Cousler Feb 24, 2015
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    What happened to the trace to 1 inch of snow forecast as late as this morning? There has to 4 inches on the ground in Cary right now and it's still coming down,

  • Brenda Love Feb 24, 2015
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    Are you kidding me?? Lord....NO!!!!

  • Denise Rochelle Feb 24, 2015
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    Wxsouth and NOAA showing maps indicating most of NC could see 4-8 inches with very good chance of RDU getting up to 10 inches?