Snow, sleet, ice all possible by Saturday

Posted January 28, 2010
Updated October 17, 2011

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— North Carolina is bracing for a winter storm this weekend with snow, sleet and ice in the forecast. The National Weather Service on Thursday afternoon issued winter storm warnings across the Triangle that run from Friday evening through 12 a.m. Sunday.

Rain is expected to begin late Friday, with conditions rapidly worsening between 8 p.m. and midnight, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Fishel said the Friday evening commute should be mostly unaffected.

"We are looking at 12 hours of heavy hitting, between midnight Friday and about noon Saturday," Fishel said of the likelihood for precipitation.

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By Saturday morning, Fishel said, the Triangle could see 3 to 5 inches of snow on the ground.

"The big question is do we continue with snow Saturday, or do we turn over to sleet," Fishel said.

The timing of that transition will determine how much accumulation any given area will see. If the changeover is delayed, snow accumulations will run higher, Fishel said.

"Anything that falls from Saturday afternoon into evening will be very, very light," he said.

Precipitation is expected to lighten heading into late Saturday.

The speed with which the storm was moving across the country slowed Thursday afternoon, pushing the chance to see snow back to later Friday.

“Tomorrow (Friday) is your day to make any kind of plans during the day for any snow we may have,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Along with the precipitation come winds and falling temperatures.

"What does fall is going to stick around for a while, so travel’s going to be tough (and) there may be power outages," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Those planning to travel should consider alternate plans as "travel may become dangerous," according to the weather service.

In anticipation of transportation issues, some schools had already postponed or canceled weekend sporting events.


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  • batcave Jan 29, 2010

    I have never been able to make a cocktail out of milk and bread, so I guess I'm good to go.

  • lkanzig Jan 28, 2010

    sorry to inform the triangle and most of nc that the entire state is out of french toast!

  • time4real Jan 28, 2010

    Wake County schools are closed all next week! Year round lovers get to go to school for the next month of Saturdays, normal school kids, Spring Break is not happening this year!

  • time4real Jan 28, 2010

    but it's ALL the viewing area, get on board man!

  • bguill Jan 28, 2010

    I just wish the WRAL maps would include towns other than Raleigh and Fayetteville. People in Durham and other cities other than Raleigh are interested in what's going to happen HERE.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 28, 2010

    I've heard 10 to 13 inches, then 5 to 7 inches with sleet and freezing rain following. Since everyone is agreeing we will get something significant, we probably won't get much of anything.


  • cmurray0127 Jan 28, 2010

    I just looked at the US radar this system is moving n,ne... if it stays on this track, I predict a dusting or absolutely nothing. I am usually dead on. I will update my prediction tommorrow around 1pm.

  • Travised Jan 28, 2010

    Saturday/Sunday is the only real worry period. That's IF it keeps below freezing. You might just have to not travel on the weekend.

    We've done that before when the roads were iced. They were not horrible, but we just played it safe that weekend.

    I've driven in conditions much worse where I couldn't see 30 feet due to snow. I made it what normally was a 90 minute drive, only to get stuck 1 mile from the house! They (LEO) closed that road and hauled me to a coffee shop while they waited to plow it. Came and grabbed me and had to pay for a yank, but I got home.

    Some people just panic when they make predictions like this. There is no need to panic for supplies. You are not going to be stranded for weeks on end. If you are that worried buy a few cases of MRE's and let them sit in the closet for your food rations.

  • BurninStick Jan 28, 2010

    HEY BRUCE!!! Hunker down, bro.

  • Southern Girl Jan 28, 2010

    Possible????? I just got back from Harris Teeter. It is an absolute ZOO in there. If the snow doesn't come, explain that to all of the people with the shopping carts piled to the top.

    Fear - this instills fear in people. Since Tuesday, we have heard about this snow.

    Lordy. I was there, getting my stuff, too.