Wintry mix possible Friday morning for northern counties

Posted February 4, 2010

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— Some of the snow and ice from last weekend's storm has melted, but meteorologists are eying another storm that's headed to the area this Friday and Saturday.

"Any snow, sleet and freezing rain would be relegated to our northern counties (Friday) morning and should have little impact on the morning commute," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

WRAL-TV's Morning News will begin at 4:30 a.m. Friday.

WRAL Weather team Video: WeatherCenter Forecast

A winter weather advisory covers Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville, Person and Vance counties from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday. It predicts that less than an inch of snow will fall in southern areas, including Durham and Chapel Hill, while 1 to 2 inches could fall in northern counties by noon Friday.

"We could easily pick up 1 to 2 inches of rain across the area," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

By late Thursday, rain began moving into central North Carolina. Viewers in some areas including Clayton reported seeing sleet.

The main threat to the Triangle will be light ice that could accumulate on elevated and metal surfaces, including bridges, overpasses and power lines.

State Department of Transportation officials said that the forecast of rain nixed any plans to spread an anti-icing, salt-brine mix on Triangle roads Thursday before the storm. Rain would simply wash it away, they said.

Durham Public Works officials said that crews will check bridges and overpasses for ice overnight. DOT will be called in to treat any trouble spots.

Some DOT salt barns are less than 20 percent full following last weekend's winter storm. Officials said they have enough on-hand to treat roads this weekend if necessary.

Precipitation will change over to freezing rain during Friday morning and become just rain by noon. The precipitation will be heaviest in the afternoon before tapering off to a light drizzle in the night.

A flood watch covers the rest of WRAL's viewing area, including Wake and Cumberland counties, from noon Friday until early Saturday.

Rain totaling between 1.5 and 2 inches could cause fall on already-saturated ground and full streams. The watch says that drivers should keep an eye out for water on roadways during the Friday evening commute.

Residents will see a second shot at a wintry mix overnight Friday into Saturday: A storm passing through North Carolina on Saturday morning could bring snow flurries and leave a dusting on the ground, but it will mostly affect counties near the Virginia border.

AmTrak cancels services due to winter storm

The threat of winter weather caused Amtrak to cancel some services in the Carolinas and Virginia on Friday.

Among the cancellations, Carolinian trains 79 and 80 will operate only between Raleigh and Charlotte.


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  • Ajay F.S. Feb 5, 2010

    At 9:00 here in northern Person County, it has been snowing sideways big beautiful flakes. We probably having about an inch of fresh snow in the last 30 minutes.

  • archmaker Feb 4, 2010

    as long as there's school on monday!

  • alhurricane Feb 4, 2010

    "come on wral, accept it, you've got all the snow you're going to get this season. Raleigh won't have another snow until 2015. Let's all get beyond the wral ratings grabs and look ahead, towards the heat and soaking humidity. it's only days away!"

    I am surprised you still decided to show yourself after the last event. How was your 33 and rain? It must have been confined to your house. Why don't you leave the forecasting to professionals.

  • time4real Feb 4, 2010

    "Lizzy Gardner and a little brine will keep us safe"
    hahahahahahahaha, but poor Fishel is not happy, his "the year of El Nino" only produced one deal.

  • hollylama Feb 4, 2010

    Darn groundhog!

  • kcfoxie Feb 4, 2010

    really wanted to work on the car this weekend.

  • MamaBearNC Feb 4, 2010

    Please no!

  • wildcat Feb 4, 2010

    Bring it on and lets see how the south in NC can deal with it. Bring 15 inches. lol

  • Hans Feb 4, 2010

    Lizzy Gardner and a little brine will keep us safe, time4real.

  • time4real Feb 4, 2010

    OMG, is that pink in the bottom left corner of the radar? runnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn