Snow falls; Schools close, open late

Posted February 3, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Snow was falling across parts of the state early Wednesday. The flakes were part of the advanced bands of a system stretching from Moore County to northern Hoke County, and then across Harnett, Johnston and Wilson counties.

"Outside of that band, there is not much wintry precipitation going on," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

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The bands rotating around a low-pressure system mean snow could be heavier in some locations than others, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.

"The earlier projection of 2 to 4 inches of snow across most of the Triangle may have to be shoved even further to the south if current trends continue," Fishel said early Wednesday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of the state through noon Wednesday. Counties along the North Carolina/Virginia border were under a winter storm warning.

Some organizations have already delayed or canceled openings in anticipation of icy roads Wednesday morning, including the Wake County Public School System which is on a two-hour delay.

“If we have more severe situations (overnight) than the two-hour delay might change,” Michael Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, said. “We will see how the roads look in the morning and then go from there."

 4 a.m. WeatherCenter update

With temperatures dropping into the mid-20s overnight, Wednesday's morning commute could be trouble," Fishel said.

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"By lunch time, the snow is at the coast and we end up with clearing and a mostly cloudy afternoon," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze predicted.

Cold temperatures in the mid-30s will keep their hold on central North Carolina Thursday afternoon. But on Friday, temperatures will shoot up, jumping to near or above 60 degrees for several days.

"We'll have very cold weather, at least by North Carolina standards, Wednesday and Thursday. And then, look, bang! 58, 67, 70 (degrees) – just like that," Fishel said.

"What's likely to happen over the next seven days is just bizarre, just nothing short of bizarre," he said.


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  • All child molesters should die Feb 3, 2009

    Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow! Please snow!

    I love snow and I'm a kid at heart. Some would argue the "at heart" part. LOL!!! Ok, I act like a ten year old! I don't care!

    I want snow! :-)


  • sirobe1 Feb 3, 2009

    still waiting in Rocky Mount. Kids can't wait.

  • MojoGal Feb 3, 2009

    Light snow beginning here near Fuquay High. Not sticking but pretty. Like others, we'll all know more in an hour. Still happy to see a few flakes!

  • garyspear Feb 3, 2009

    How many times are you going to print that last sentence in stories about this weeks weather. You print it like he has just
    said it!!

  • 2headstrong Feb 3, 2009

    It's just begun snowing here in the McGee's Crossroads area.

  • blondton13 Feb 3, 2009

    Was snowing like mad here in Hillsborough but now it has stopped.

  • woodrowboyd2 Feb 3, 2009

    wish folks got this excited on sunday

  • b-ball fan Feb 3, 2009

    WRAL: Go drum up some real news. Snow isn't news.ignc73

    what's wrong ignc73? snow turning your brown eye blue? snow news is better than having to hear or read about lost jobs, men killing families..etc.. lighten up, there will be more death and distruction later..

  • wiseowl Feb 3, 2009

    was snowing pretty good at Southpoint a few minutes ago

  • news4u Feb 3, 2009

    Big Bowl - Check
    Eagle Brand - Check
    Vanilla - Check
    Bananas - Check
    Rum - Check
    Snow -