Snow covers central N.C.

Posted February 12, 2010
Updated February 13, 2010

— The snow that started with a few flakes in the southern portion of the state just after sunset progressed Friday night across the entire WRAL viewing area, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

"There will be noticeable accumulations across much of the area," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Fayetteville and areas to the south and east could see 4 to 6 inches of snow by Saturday morning, Fishel said. Two to 4 inches would be a good bet for Raleigh, he said.

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Maze warned that roads would be "slushy" and that bridges and overpasses were likely to freeze over in some areas.

The conditions had some drivers sliding into ditches in Wake County, the state Highway Patrol said.

Fayetteville police said road conditions were quiet around 9:45 p.m. There were a few dozen wrecks, mostly in the Columbus County area, troopers said.

Wrecks with injuries were reported at the intersections of Holly Springs and Kildaire Farm roads in Apex and Ballentine Dairy and Sunset Lake roads in Raleigh.

Other wrecks were reported at:

  • Camellia and Hitchcock drives in Durham
  • Lake Boone Trail and Landmark Drive in Raleigh
  • Wakefield Plantation and Forest Pine drives in Raleigh
  • 3921 Western Boulevard in Raleigh
  • Lake Wheeler Road and Sierra Drive in Raleigh
  • Sunset Lake Road and Main Street in Holly Springs
  • Perry Creek and Berkshire Downs in Raleigh
  • 10000 Raleigh Road near the intersection of King Mill Road in Johnston County

With every run of the computer models used for forecasting, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said she found the storm "looking really impressive" and "more intense.”

"The snowfall could be rather heavy at times tonight," Fishel said.

The National Weather Service has much of the state under winter weather warnings and advisories from 5 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday.

Unlike the storm on Jan. 29-30, which combined snow, sleet and ice in North Carolina, this round will be all snow, Fishel said.

"The difference between this storm and the last one," Maze said, "is that, instead of temperatures plummeting into the 20s while the storm is occurring and staying there, our temperatures will actually warm up Saturday. We'll get into the upper 30s, and we will see melting take place during the day."

"The moisture is concentrated Friday night, and exits stage right Saturday," Fishel added.

By Sunday, the weather will clear up in time for another system to move through Monday night into Tuesday morning, which could result in a wintry-mix, Gardner said.

WRAL-TV's Weekend Morning News will begin at 5 a.m. Saturday.


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  • dkp Feb 12, 2010

    It's snowing in Holly Springs

  • rescuefan Feb 12, 2010

    Wow, these global warming jokes aren't getting old at all! For those who are serious, it just shows that you have no grasp on what "global warming" is. Kind of funny in a pathetic way.

    I am still waiting for the snow!

  • RowdyFriend Feb 12, 2010

    We're all gonna make babies, and snowcream, too!

  • nerdlywehunt Feb 12, 2010

    This global warming is killing me!

  • ncmickey Feb 12, 2010

    The live radar makes it look as if a hurricaine with a huge eye is right over us!! LOL

  • piknowles4 Feb 12, 2010

    All you folks wondering why your neighborhood streets don't get plowed need to have a reality check and reassess your own feelings of self importance. Do you realize how many miles of streets you are talking about? The DOT is up to it's neck in main streets and they do a commendable job with those in my opinion. If you are looking for them(the DOT) or the city of Raleigh to plow every single street in this area you should be prepared to have your taxes raised. I have lived in Raleigh all my life(55yrs.),this is not New England and never will be. It is not realistic to compare areas since our snow totals from year to year do not compare by any means so why would we spend the money on more plows and trucks. Live with what we have and please quit complaining so much and be thankful for the job they do. Some years it doesn't even snow.Why spend more money on equiptment that may not even be used.

  • Hans Feb 12, 2010

    "Those people who think the DOT does a good job maintaining state roads must be from mars."

    Either that or they're DOT employees.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Feb 12, 2010

    Do any of you have a job?

  • Dirty_Water Feb 12, 2010

    You'se guys who been here all along, I mean, you be born here.... You be know that when WRAL says no big deal, and then, as time does what it does, they start to reconsider.... IT BE BREAD AND MILK TIME, MY BROS.

  • tommcnally Feb 12, 2010

    Those people who think the DOT does a good job maintaining state roads must be from mars. I have lived on a paved state road in Wake county for 20+ years. The DOT has never plowed my road. After the last snowstorm, I used my farm tractor with loader to plow my street. Having grown up in New Hampshire, where the municipalities use contractors to plow, I can tell you that the highways of NH were always promptly plowed after all snowstorms. I'm still waiting for a plow on my street and have been for 20 years.