Triangle will not see all-night snow

Posted December 18, 2009

— Another round of snow and sleet was quickly turning into rain over central North Carolina Friday night. Warm air was expected to continue to push the snow boundary north, away from the Triangle, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Snow was reported at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and in some areas of Raleigh around 6 p.m., WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

“The further west you go, the longer it will take to turn from snow to rain,” Fishel said.

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“It is not going to snow all night in the Triangle. There is just too much warm air coming in,” Fishel said.

Rain will continue to fall over Raleigh through the night and into Saturday.

“The part of the story that is overlooked is that some areas could see up to an inch of rain from this,” WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnston said.

Snow began early, faded quickly

Early Friday afternoon, WRAL viewers reported widespread snow that did not stick around.

"Big, beautiful snowflakes have been falling in Johnston County," wrote Amy Holland, of Angier.

"Some mixing is occurring and then back to snowflakes."

"We live on the Clayton side of Garner and have been seeing for the last 15 minutes HUGE flakes mixed with sleet and smaller flakes," wrote viewer Shay Miller.

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The chance for accumulation remained Friday night west of Durham. “Places like Roxboro and Hillsborough could see a couple of inches accumulate,” Johnson said.

The western Triangle – including Durham, Orange and Chatham counties – is under a winter storm warning, while the eastern Triangle – including Wake County – is under a winter weather advisory.

In Person County, some areas reported up to 7 inches of snow.

Saturday to start out wet

By Saturday morning, the temperature will be hovering around the freezing mark, but the substantial precipitation should diminish, Fishel said.

By mid-morning, only “nuisance” drizzle or flurries will be in the air.

Fishel warned that temperatures would drop Saturday evening, turning any remaining moisture on roadways to black ice.

The storm is expected to bring up to 20 inches of snow through late Saturday in the Washington metro area and the mountains of southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia.


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  • finesse187 Dec 18, 2009

    I live in Sanford, NC. What's the radio station, telephone number, or local news station for business closings? thanks!

  • USA Dec 18, 2009

    Don't think of this as just another blown forecast; think of it as an economic stimulus. Greg and his merry band of forecasters predict a possible major winter storm and Triangle inhabitants buy up every ounce of milk; every loaf of bread; all snow shovels; snow blowers; and generators. Retailers are happy and the economy gets a big boost. We fall for it every year don't we?

  • rbarham3 Dec 18, 2009

    Quit picking on Greg! If it did snow, and he didn't warn you it was coming, some of you would be all over him about that. He can't control the you expect him to? He reports on it and does a good job.

  • fatcat11 Dec 18, 2009

    Big flakes here,outside of henderson...road traffic has almost stopped.

    I live on NC39 in Vance Co.,but only a mile from Franklin Co..

  • kbo80 Dec 18, 2009

    I'm sad. I really wanted to see some snow. Oh well.

  • dwnc03 Dec 18, 2009

    The roads are bad in Granville County

  • jtPER Dec 18, 2009

    It never fails....Raleigh and southward always ends up with rain... :(

  • Thornedwolf Dec 18, 2009

    Well. It was fun while it lasted, yeah upset and let down by the outcome of this great December snow fall.

  • amistique569 Dec 18, 2009

    My son and 4 other kids with Job Corps has been at the Asheville Airport since 5am today and are stranded. The restaurants in the airport have no food,US Air refuses to take these young folks to a hotel and no one can get to the airport from Occonaluftee to take these kids back to the center. I've called repeatedly to US Air and can't talk to a live person. I've called Airport Authority and they don't answer. With the price of airfares, this is outrageous! Job Corps spends millions of dollars to fly these young people back and forth while they are in this program and the airlines should be more appreciative!

  • shortcake53 Dec 18, 2009

    I got plenty of bread and milk if anyone needs some! What a let down.