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Posted February 1, 2010
Updated October 17, 2011

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— In high-traffic areas and on the interstates, traffic was flowing normally across central North Carolina on Monday as the sun melted some of the ice left by Saturday's storm.

By 5 p.m., Interstate 95 was clear and the streets and parking lots in downtown Fayetteville were dry.

Furman Howell and his crew scraped and shoveled through the morning on Hay Street, trying to prevent slips and falls.

On nearby Rowan Street, Don Kaminska says he and his family were stuck. With all of the ice, their steep driveway became a slide, too hazardous to drive down. So to get groceries and toilet paper, Kaminska said, his family slid down the driveway.

Crews clear Fayetteville roads Crews clear Fayetteville roads

Some local routes, access ramps and bridges remain slick. Any spots that don't dry will be subject to another round of re-freezing Monday night, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

North Carolina Department of Transportation urged motorists to stay off the roads Monday so that workers could continue to clear the snow, sleet and ice that fell over 24 hours across the state.

State Department of Transportation engineer Jason Holmes said the combination of precipitation that packed on the roadways will make it "very difficult" to break loose from the pavement."

Gov. Bev Perdue urged people to "stay home and stay safe" for another day to let road crews continue to keep clearing the roads.

Crews clear Fayetteville roads Crews clear Fayetteville roads

School officials took the message to heart. Wake, Durham, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston, Franklin and Orange county school systems, among others, were all closed Monday.

Triangle Transit not servicing some areas Monday

Triangle Transit began bus service at 7 a.m. Monday. However, due to unsafe road conditions, it will be unable to serve portions of most bus routes:

102 Route
The 102 route will not serve Jones Sausage Road (ConAgra Foods).

105 Route
The 105 route will not serve the District Drive Park-and-Ride. Riders should use the Fairgrounds Park-and-Ride, located at the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads, and get on/off the bus at the stops on Blue Ridge Road.

201 Route
The 201 route will not serve Pleasant Valley Drive (Golds Gym) or Townridge Shopping Center. The bus will stay on Millbrook Road to Glenwood Avenue. Riders can get on the bus at the stop on Glenwood Avnue (in front of McDonald’s).

301 Route
The 301 route will not serve Donaldson Nottingham drives. Riders can get on/off the bus at either Walnut Street or Buck Jones Road.

305 Route
The 305 route will not serve Edinburgh Drive. Instead, the bus will travel on U.S. Highway 64 between Lake Pine Plaza and Tryon Road.

311 Route
The 311 route will not serve Hunter Street and Old Raleigh Road in Apex. The bus will travel on U.S. Highway 64 between Galaxy Foods and Lake Pine Plaza.

402 Route
The 402 route will not serve any stops between downtown Durham and RTP. This includes all stops on South Roxboro Street, Lawson Street (NCCU / Durham Tech), Cornwallis Road and Davis Drive.

403 Route
The 403 route will not serve any stops between downtown Durham and RTP. This includes all stops on South Roxboro Street, Lawson Street (NCCU / Durham Tech), Cornwallis Road, and Davis Drive.

412 Route
The 412 route will not serve Davis Drive and Cornwallis Road.

413 Route
The 413 route will not serve any stops in the South Square Area. This includes all stops on Westgate Drive, University Drive, Old Chapel Hill Road, and Southwest Durham Parkway. The bus will stay on U.S. Highway 15-501 from Cameron Avenue, all the way to New Hope Commons.

500/550 Express Routes
The 500/550 express routes will not serve the District Drive Park-and-Ride. Riders should use the Fairgrounds Park-and-Ride, located at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Trinity Road, and get on/off the bus at the stops on Blue Ridge Road. In addition, the 500/550 express routes will not serve stops on Faircloth Road (Meredith College), nor will it serve the Eubanks Park-and-Ride in Chapel Hill.

600/650 Express Routes
The 600/650 express routes will not serve the District Drive Park-and-Ride. Riders should use the Fairgrounds Park-and-Ride at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Trinity Road and get on/off the bus at the stops on Blue Ridge Road. In addition, the 600/650 express routes will not serve stops on Faircloth Road at Meredith College.

RTP Shuttle 47
The shuttle 47 will not serve N.C. Highway 54, Alexander Drive or Cornwallis Road. The shuttle will provide drop-off only service to the RTI area of Cornwallis Road.

RTP Shuttle 49
The a.m. shuttle 49 will not operate.

Triangle Transit will not operate the last trips of its night routes. This includes:

470 Route - 10:20 p.m. departure from Durham Station to Chapel Hill
470 Route - 10:20 p.m. departure from Franklin St at Coffee Shop to Durham
570 Route - 10:00 p.m. departure from Franklin St at Columbia St to Raleigh
570 Route - 10:00 p.m. departure from Wilmington St at Martin St to Chapel Hill
670 Route - 9:40 p.m. departure from Duke Hospital to Raleigh
670 Route - 9:40 p.m. departure from Wilmington St at Martin St to Durham

Triangle Transit encourages riders to be extra cautious when boarding and alighting vehicles as many area sidewalks and roadways remain slippery. Customers may experience significant delays as road conditions dictate the ability of drivers to maneuver their vehicles.

Visit triangletransit.org or gotriangle.org for the latest updates; or call 919-485-RIDE (7433), but be prepared for extremely long wait times as they anticipate a high-call volume.

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  • deborahnc Feb 1, 2010

    NC simply does not get enough snow/ice to warrant spending as much on snow removal equipment as they do up north.

  • BULLDOZER Feb 1, 2010

    I must say that state and local agencies did a HORRIBLE job of clearing our streets this time. Why even spend the millions on the BRINE solution.

  • Pulling for the Tarheels Feb 1, 2010

    the Gov. urged people to "stay home and stay safe" for another day to let road crews continue to keep clearing the roads.

    So why don't businesses also encourage this instead of insisting their employees come to work? It's maddening to get these "mixed messages".

  • ncmickey Feb 1, 2010

    Yea, that makes sense....spend Millions on snow removal equipment that gets used once every 6-10 years....lol

    Its cheaper to stay home a day or two and let God handle it....

  • hellacopters00 Feb 1, 2010

    And where would those "few million dollars" come from - that's right, HIGHER TAXES! The very thing that many Northerners are trying to get away from when they move here. If we raise taxes to the same level that the Northeast has then people are likely to pull up stakes and go farther south. There's only so much that folks will take.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Feb 1, 2010

    To a point I agree that you just need to slow down. I took it extra easy stopping, starting, and turning this morning. But if you hit a solid stretch of ice and something causes you to need to stop or turn quickly there isn't much you can do about it. I can counter steer okay to regain influence (not complete control) but that doesn't help if the light on the other side of the bridge turns red.

  • awr117 Feb 1, 2010

    Feel free to move back north if you don't like it.

  • rduguyhere Feb 1, 2010

    That Video was funny. It looks like they are touring a "war zone" in afghanistan with the publicity they are giving a simple little snowstorm. Funny. People should either learn how to drive in it or stay home. Also, another thing that might help is if the State of NC would spend a few million dollars on some snow removal equipment for major roads. They could spend alot less time having people be off for work and get the economy going. I have friends who live up north and even when there is 6" of snow on the ground and the roads are covered, school and work still goes on. People get panicky and moronic and don't pay attention. These are drivers that probably shouldn't have their driver's licenses in the first place in NC if they can't slow down due to inclement weather. You drive too fast, stop too fast, follow too closely, etc. and you will wreck in snow, rain, dry road, whatever. You would think the news would stop sensationalizing something like this too.

  • Journey985 Feb 1, 2010

    time4real is awful quiet today, guess his Mom raised him not to talk with his mouth full of CROW!!! LOL. Roads are looking better now, still going to be some bad spots because the sun just does not hit them, add to that some refreezing over night should make for another interesting commute tomorrow morning!!

  • meh2 Feb 1, 2010

    Shouldn't the headline use the word "ice" instead of "sleet"? It might have started as sleet, but it is now ice.