Wake, Durham and Johnston schools delayed 2 hours

Posted January 7, 2010
Updated January 8, 2010

— Wake, Durham and Johnston county schools are among the groups opening on a two hour delay on Friday due to the potential for snowfall overnight.

Light snow started falling in the Triangle by 10:30 p.m.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said the snow is expected to arrive in Raleigh early Friday and continue off and on for several hours. Snowfall could linger in the coastal plain for longer.

WRAL viewers in Coats, Erwin and Princeton started seeing flurries around 9 p.m. Viewers in Smithfield and Goldsboro said sleet affected the area late Thursday.

Michael Evans, spokesman for Wake County Public Schools, said leaders decided to start on a delay because they'd rather be safe than sorry. In addition to buses traveling on smaller roads that may not have been treated, Evans said, leaders were also concerned about teen drivers trying to navigate icy roads.

"We have got a lot of high school drivers who are very inexperienced, if at all, with inclement weather," Evans said.

The central part of the state remains under a Winter Weather Advisory until about 9 a.m. Friday in most areas.

Turn in early to WRAL News at 4:30 a.m. Friday for the latest on the weather and traffic.

Crews prep roads for when flakes fall Crews prep roads for when flakes fall

The Triangle will most likely see just a dusting of snow, Maze said.

"We'll see some snow, and it could range up to an inch in some places," Maze said. "The greater accumulation, up to an inch will be along and east of Interstate 95."

The mountains could see 6 or more inches, but the Triad will miss out this time around, Maze said. "The forecast shows little or no accumulation in the Triad," Maze said.

Morning commute a cause for concern

Any snow that falls could create slick spots on roads Friday morning.

"Normally, we wouldn't be making a big deal of trace to an inch of snow, but it's been so cold for so long that what falls will stick," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"Even a light dusting can turn to ice real easily," state Department of Transportation engineer Steve Halsey said.

Winter weather driving tips

DOT crews treated roads with a salt-brine combination Thursday morning, then headed home to rest in anticipation of a busy night.

"We will be here, ready, available and dispatch as needed," Halsey said.


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  • jfrisco Jan 7, 2010

    the problem is global warming.

  • Thornedwolf Jan 7, 2010

    Bummed im ripped off on snow fall once more. This time to the south and east instead of the north and west. Sighs

  • helloworld Jan 7, 2010

    I am old enough to recall forecasts when no accumulation ended up being SEVERAL inches! SURPRISEEEE!!

  • bradcooperisinnocent Jan 7, 2010

    THIS morning on my commute, I had a car slow dow to 25 MPH in a 45 MPH single lane road and break every time it started going over 25. Three cars in front of me began honking and tailgating. I tried to determine why the car was breaking... it was for the "brine lines" on the road...kilquian

    After "Breaking" so often, I'm amazed the car could still run!

  • time4real Jan 7, 2010

    on to ground hog day folks.
    0 for 5!

  • time4real Jan 7, 2010

    a few more rock slides and we won't have to!

  • hoof_hearted Jan 7, 2010

    Ripped off again. All this cold weather and no precipitation? What's the point! Let's flatten the mountains so we get more interesting weather around here...

  • time4real Jan 7, 2010

    it doesn't snow when it 48!

  • driverkid3 Jan 7, 2010

    The first year I lived in NY, (Queens) it snowed 18 inches or so. Still in my Southern state of mind, I called the boss at home and told him about the snow, thinking that we would not get to work. Boy, he hit the roof and told me to get my hind quarters to work or else. When I got to work, looked out the window and saw little kids walking to school. After awhie, it becomes normal to deal with the snow, and now it seems kind of odd for everything to close down with a quarter inch.

  • time4real Jan 7, 2010

    look at the map for crying out loud, once again the coast gets some and YOU do not! Does anybody EVER wonder why that is?