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Light snow possible Thursday

Posted January 6, 2010
Updated October 12, 2011

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— The Triangle could see some light snow on Thursday, but the quick-moving system with little moisture won’t give the area a chance for a big snow event, according to meteorologist Mike Maze.

"We're not talking about a whole lot of snowfall," Maze said.

The state Department of Transportation crews began treating roads in Wake, Durham, Franklin, Warren Granville and Person counties with a brine solution on Wednesday.

On Thursday, temperatures are expected to reach the low 40s before crashing into the mid 20s overnight.

The warm, moist air might hang around long enough to meet up with a new blast of cold air. If that happens, there is a potential for snow Thursday evening.

Maze said the snow would stretch throughout the WRAL viewing area, bringing up to 1½ inches in some places.

The Triangle can expect a dusting of 1 to 1½ inches of snow to fall overnight Thursday, Maze said. Areas south of the Triangle would see a light dusting.

The snow should be over by 6 a.m. Friday.

With the ground being cold already, Maze said, the snow could cause a problem for drivers on Friday morning.

"We will have some slick spots on the road Friday morning," Maze said.

Friday is expected to be partly cloudy and cold.

Another blast of cold air is expected to push through just in time for the weekend.

WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said temperatures should start moving back toward the normal high for this year – about 50 degrees – by the middle of next week.

"Better things are coming. It's just going to take a little while to get there," Fishel said.

Cold weather causes trouble for water lines

A water line beneath Nash Street in Wilson burst early Wednesday due to the cold weather, officials said.  The street was reopened after crews worked to fix the leak.

In Hope Mills, a water main break left Camden Road icy on Wednesday. The road was expected to be closed for most of the day.

Most of Blue Ridge Parkway closed due to weather

Much of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia has been closed to motorists because of heavy accumulations of snow and ice as well as downed trees.

The National Park Service announced Wednesday that many sections of the roadway are blocked by gates, but also said that some portions of the road cannot be blocked to traffic and are hazardous.

Three counties in North Carolina and five in Virginia have sections that are not blocked and are either dangerous or impassable and should be avoided. The park service says it could take weeks to clear the road, especially at higher elevations because colder temperatures limit melting of ice and snow.

Drivers who use closed sections of the parkway are subject to either fines, citations or both.

Meals on Wheels volunteers try to help clients stay warm

With a prolonged cold spell this week, Meals on Wheels of Wake County volunteers said they are also helping their 1,500 clients stay warm.

"Sometimes, they may need help with their heating bill," Executive Director Alan Winstead said Wednesday. "They may need coaxing to turn their heat up because they're trying to stretch their dollar."

Meals on Wheels volunteers check on clients Meals on Wheels volunteers check clients

Winstead is urging others to check on their neighbors to make sure they are safe during this cold snap.

"You can just be a good neighbor and maybe just stop and check on them and see if they need anything during this extreme cold weather," Winstead said.

Anyone wanting to volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Wake County should go to the organization's Web site.

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  • 6079 SMITH W Jan 6, 2010

    I guess the schools will be closed in ADVANCE....weren't they just out for about a month? (or did it just seem like it?)

  • enderby Jan 6, 2010

    I lived up north for 10 years. I never noticed northerners being much better at driving in bad conditions. Driving on a plowed and salted road is not difficult and cannot really be considered bad conditions.

  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Jan 6, 2010

    White bread. (check)

    Milk. (check)

    Cat food. (check)

    NC can now safely close for business on Friday. ;-)

    Note: Comments about bread and milk and driving in winter weather down here are mainly generated by us Southerners who were born, raised and live here. Because...we see what our neighbors do when they say 'snow' in a forecast.

    As for driving, my problem is with other people driving in the snow. I can actually drive in it. But give a good ol' boy an SUV and he thinks he can do 70 in a 45 zone because, you know, those SUVs can drive on *anything*.

    Smorg's Winter Quote: "In winter driving conditions in the Triangle, the natural orientation of the SUV is 'wheels UP'."

    Yes, you may quote me on that. ;-)

  • oldrebel Jan 6, 2010

    Gotta start graveyard shift Friday night...but I'm ready now. Got me another pair of long underwear at the new WalMart in Apex. man is that a difficult place to figure out how to get into for the first time. Just ain't much for this city driving. :)

  • hiyadun Jan 6, 2010

    well it aint gonna do anything worth keeping us out of work or school. i would hate to have to get up and get ready and go to work and then be sent home-such a hassle. if it does snow i don't go to the store for bread, i go for junk food-LOL!

  • wat63 Jan 6, 2010

    Well said batteringram69! And besides, who doesn't love a milk sandwich....deeeeelicious!

  • time4real Jan 6, 2010

    Uuups, sorry, this just in,
    6-8" of heavy snow for Myrtle Beach, Triangle, nuthin'!

  • time4real Jan 6, 2010

    Here's the REAL truth,
    AIN'T GONNA SNOW ENOUGH TO MATTER FOLKS!

  • lma1973 Jan 6, 2010

    Here is the REAL forecast from the NWS:

    THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA.

    .DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

    HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

    .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

    AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL MOVE ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY AND THE
    MID ATLANTIC REGION ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. THIS
    SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE A BAND OF LIGHT SNOW THAT WILL SWING
    EAST ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY NIGHT. TEMPERATURES
    DURING THIS PERIOD ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT OR BELOW FREEZING AND THE
    PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO FALL AS SNOW. WHILE THE MOISTURE WITH
    THIS SYSTEM IS LIMITED AND THE PRECIPITATION WILL ONLY FALL FOR A FEW HOURS AT ANY GIVEN LOCATION...THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME ACCUMULATING SNOW. AT THIS TIME...MOST LOCATIONS WILL LIKELY SEE ONLY MINOR ACCUMULATIONS...BUT A FEW LOCATIONS...ESPECIALLY FROM RALEIGH EAST COULD SEE ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND AN INCH.

  • grayboomerang Jan 6, 2010

    Tip....when you decide to move to a new region, no one cares how you did it back home. If you don't like the way we respond to snow....get back on the highway and drive North....it really is that simple.

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