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Lion? Check. Lamb comes later

Posted March 2, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Children, pets and some adults romped in the snow Monday after more than 600 schools and businesses closed or delayed opening. Other grown-ups braved the slushy, slick roads and went to work.

Most of the Triangle's heavy snowfall had dissipated by 5 a.m. However, the National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for many counties to warn them about black ice from 6 p.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday.

WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner reported the following snowfall totals, as of 11:30 a.m.:

  • Roxboro: 7 inches
  • Henderson: 5 inches
  • Durham: 4 inches
  • Oxford: 4 inches
  • Raleigh: 3 inches
  • Louisburg: 3 inches
  • Roanoke Rapids: 2 inches
  • Tarboro: 1 inches
  • Fayetteville: 0.25-0.50 inch

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Whatever snow doesn't melt during the day is likely to turn to ice Monday night, when lows are expected in the teens. The rest of Monday is expected to be cloudy, cold and breezy.

"We're going to have a very cold night tonight," Gardner said. "It will not be much warmer tomorrow."

A quick warm-up is on the way, however, with temperatures expected in the low 60s Thursday. The weekend will feature low to mid 70s.

"It's going to be like a completely different season from Monday to Friday," Gardner said.

Across the state

Monday's storm brought up to 12 inches of snow to the northwestern mountains of North Carolina, and thousands of people lost electric service there and around Charlotte.

The National Weather Service said snowfall totals ranged from 12 inches in Saluda in Polk County to 6 inches in Charlotte and High Point.

Duke Energy reported more than 87,000 customers without electric service Monday. The worst problems were in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, which had 10,311 and 8,463 outages respectively.

Progress Energy reported more than 3,000 customers without service in the central and eastern parts of the state.

The state Department of Transportation reported that winter weather was affecting highways from Interstate 95 west to the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.

Viewers share snow stories

Viewers have e-mailed and called WRAL News, offering their snow reports.

"Wow!! Lots of it! We have 3 inches here near Cleveland Elementary School!" wrote viewer Kristen Rice. "(It's) the first real snow I've seen since moving here :) Yippie!"

"So peaceful and beautiful. The kids and i are in heaven!" wrote Raleigh resident Melissa Maiorano.

"Wow, such a beautiful change. So far a few beautiful inches of light, fluffy snow," John and Christina Phelps wrote in an e-mail from their home in Hurdle Mills.

John Burns said "nice, fat flakes" were falling rapidly in the Brookdale area around midnight.

Frank, who said he lives near Wakefield High School, said he had about 3 to 4 inches at his house by around 4 a.m.

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  • Made In USA Mar 3, 9:28 p.m.

    Haha Kelly.....This storm was a lion. But soon he will retreat and the lamb WILL rule!

  • SME2 Mar 2, 2:19 p.m.

    To all the Wake Cares parents or what ever you call your selves...have fun with a 3 day spring break! I am sure that it is known by the school board that this will more than likely affect those that complain constantly about reassignments. ENJOY!

  • any1butcarolina0405 Mar 2, 1:53 p.m.

    When did it become cool to diss the weather guys? Since when has weather been predictable? It's an educated guess, at best. They are only trained to look at the conditions and go from there. Guess a lot of people are bored today.

  • cfarmer Mar 2, 1:47 p.m.

    still flurrying in west Raleigh at 1:46.

  • lma1973 Mar 2, 1:43 p.m.

    It is STILL snowing here in Northwest raleigh and accumulating.

  • alhurricane Mar 2, 1:31 p.m.

    ""this sure wasn't the epic storm everyone was making it out to be." AMEN and NO kidding!! Where's MR. "Local Meteorologist" know it all with his "social and economic devastation forecast of epic proportions"??? As I said last week, while Mr. Fishel was saying it would park right over us and snow a foot, NOT WHEN IT WAS 72 2 days ago!!!!"

    Please get your facts straight. All of the OFFICIAL snowfall forecasts was basically for 2-4 inches in the Triangle and that is certainly what we got. The days prior, the NWS and tv mets were showing the potential, which depended on the upper level low track. The low went a little further west and the heaviest accumulations were in the western part of the state, generally 6-12 inches which is very impressive for March and is disruptive. The official forecasts were spot on. You just like to bash at any chance, especially when you said it would not snow.

  • davidjudy Mar 2, 1:27 p.m.

    Whoever is posting pictures to the website article really has a small dog fetish. Scary.

  • ashleycrew Mar 2, 1:16 p.m.

    I wish someone would do an evaluation on how much these days that there really is not any snow costs local businessed due to missed work. May make Wake Countly get off there .... and actually attempt to have school instead of calling it off based on forecasts.

  • oldfirehorse Mar 2, 12:34 p.m.

    I love that first picture! The newborn baby knows what he wants. He's pointing at the door saying "Enough snow already, it's freezing out here, the door is right over there!"

  • Richard_B_awesome Mar 2, 12:04 p.m.

    Kent Brockman: “Roads closed, pipes frozen, albinos …virtually invisible. The National Weather Service has upgraded Springfield’s blizzard from “Winter Wonderland” to a “Class 3 Kill-Storm”!

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