Sun likely Sunday, but cold will stay

Posted January 30, 2010
Updated January 31, 2010

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— A winter storm that swept through North Carolina Saturday dumping snow, sleet and ice was heading off the Atlantic coast early Sunday.

"As we get into daylight hours, skies will be clearing," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

A few flurries were seen overnight but the wintry precipitation has finally cleared out.

Scattered accidents on snow-slicked roads in Durham Scattered accidents on snow-slicked roads

Sunday will be partly cloudy and cold.

"Temperatures will climb into the high 20s and low 30s by noon Sunday and could be above freezing in the mid-afternoon," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The sun will come out for a bit Sunday.

"There should be substantial melting on the well-traveled roads that are in direct sunlight," Fishel said.

Cold will linger, freezing roads

Gov. Bev Perdue asked drivers Saturday to stay off the roads and safe at home.

“Folks really do need to stay home and be safe, that's the message,” Perdue said. “Anything that falls will refreeze and by (Sunday) morning, the roads will be really icy."

Because Sunday’s forecast high will barely top the freezing mark, the Monday morning commute could again be treacherous.

“It will be 10 degrees Monday morning,” Gardner said, pointing out schools and businesses will have to make a decision about whether to re-open for the work week.

Snowfall totals varied

Snowfall totals varied widely – from more than 11 inches in Asheville to less than an inch in Manteo. The official tally at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was 5 inches on Saturday.

"Some locations in our northern counties did get 10 to 12 inches of snowfall Saturday," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Greensboro reported 7 inches, but Fayetteville got only about an inch and a half. At Hyco Lake near Roxboro, a viewer reported 8 inches of snow on the ground. Snow in Warren County totaled 7.5 inches; Roanoke Rapids saw 5 inches; Sanford got 2 inches and Smithfield got 4.

The National Weather Service off Centennial Parkway in Raleigh reported 5 inches and WRAL Meteorologist Nate Johnson measured about 5 inches in the parking lot at WRAL during the noon hour.


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