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Some see 6 inches of snow

Posted January 29

— A winter storm dumped up to 6 inches of snow across the eastern half of North Carolina overnight, leaving a blanket of white Wednesday morning. 

Snowfall totals varied from an inch or less in parts of Chapel Hill to close to four inches east of Interstate 95. The heaviest totals were reported east of the Triangle, in Franklin, Nash, Edgecombe and Halifax counties, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"The heavier amounts were south and east of Raleigh, which is exactly what we expected," she said. "We saw about 6 inches in parts of the area, but some of those areas also saw sleet, so the totals could be a bit misleading."

Most area school systems, including Wake, Durham, Cumberland, Orange, Johnston and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, will be closed Wednesday due to slick roads.

The snow storm built in with moisture from the Carolina coast, yielding accumulation of ice and snow on Wrightsville Beach and in downtown Wilmington.

By 7 a.m., the storm had moved back offshore, but flurries could show up in spots throughout the day, Gardner said. 

Snow began Tuesday evening

Light snow was first reported in Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Roxboro just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Flurries were seen in Wake County at about 5:30 p.m.

Once it began, snow fell quickly and stacked up on area roads despite preventative maintenance. By dawn Wednesday, even interstates showed a coating of slick snow and drivers were cautioned to stay home if possible.

Dozens of state Department of Transportation trucks from the western part of the state were loaded with salt and sand and heading to the eastern parts of the state to help with the winter storm response. 

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 29, 4:13 p.m.

    We got more than 6" south of Angier. Not a whole lot more, but more.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 29, 3:11 p.m.

    I wish you could see our dog. This is his first snowfall. He didn't like it falling on him last night, but this morning when he got to run in it - whoooo boy!!! He runs, then puts on the brakes, sending snow flying which he then chases. Then he does it again. He's gonna sleep GOOD tonight! LOL

  • FitnessMan Jan 29, 1:23 p.m.

    Holy cow!! I was born and raised in Raleigh and Wilmington and I sub embarrassed how everyone acts likethis ID the STORM of the 21st century. WRAL is spending all day onstage TV talking about this. What a bunch RUBES!!!!

  • changedmyname Jan 29, 10:10 a.m.

    BusyB97-
    Your kids are more than welcome at my house. :)

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 29, 9:20 a.m.

    Well it stayed to the low side here, which is good. I hope my beer didn't freeze in the back of the truck.

  • busyb97 Jan 29, 8:56 a.m.

    WRAl and weather folks have to be breathing a sigh of relief.....this one went as expected. :). Ya never know with those southern storms!

    We got about an inch here in central Chatham. Enough for the kids and dog to have fun. But my kids were especially looking forward to shoveling our LONG driveway.....no idea why. Strange birds they are. :-). So that is what they are doing....more power to them!