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Snow delays schools, leaves some roads slick

Posted March 2, 2010
Updated March 3, 2010

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— A wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain moving eastward across North Carolina is expected to change over to completely snow overnight.

"Midnight into the wee hours of the morning is when we have the best chance of seeing accumulating snow (in the Triangle)," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until noon Wednesday for counties including Durham, Edgecombe, Orange and Wake.

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Sleet coated Fayetteville and Raeford, while viewers in Enfield, Shoeheel and Whitakers saw snowflakes Tuesday.

The wintry mix caused some problems in Nash County, where 2 inches of snow fell by 9 p.m. The state Highway Patrol responded to more than a dozen wrecks there during the evening commute.

“I hit a piece of black ice that I didn't see and lost control of the vehicle,” motorist Matt Richert said after wrecking his vehicle on U.S. Highway 64.

Snow falls, cars skid Snow falls, cars skid

U.S. Highway 64 in Nash County was particularly troublesome as cars slid into ditches and guardrails, keeping tow truck drivers busy.

“I love it. Somebody’s got to capitalize (on the snow). Might as well be me,” said Al Staton, with Advantage Towing.

Elsewhere in the state, troopers said they responded to 217 calls in a 14-county region surrounding Raleigh. There were no reports of serious injuries.

The potential for winter precipitation varied widely across the central part of the state, Fishel said. Radar showed an area of snow extending from the Piedmont into northern South Carolina.

Chatham and Alamance counties reported 2 inches of snowfall by late Tuesday. Snow was also starting to fall in Durham.

Durham residents see wintry mix Durham residents see wintry mix

“Oh my goodness, it's very strange that it's snowing a week before spring break,” Duke University student Tyler Atwood said.

“I’m ready for springtime. I’ve had enough of this snow,” N.C. State University student Courtney Fox said.

In the Triangle, up to 3 inches of snow could accumulate, mainly on grassy surfaces, Fishel said.

“It’s is likely everyone in the WRAL viewing area will see some snow overnight,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Overnight, temperatures were expected to hover around freezing, but the warmth of the ground temperature will inhibit accumulation, Fishel said. Snow showers and flurries could linger Wednesday morning.

“By the morning commute, there could still be some light snow,” Maze said.

In anticipation of slushy roads, several school systems, including Durham, Chatham, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin and Hoke are operating on a 2-hour delay Wednesday morning.

Wake County schools plan to make a decision early Wednesday.

The snow will likely be out of the viewing area by noon. Wednesday will be breezy, cold with rain sprinkles possible.

"If you are tired of the snow and the cold ... Saturday and Sunday look brighter and warmer, with temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s," Maze said.

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  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Mar 2, 2010

    "Spring" snow?

    Really?

    Maybe you need to check the date for the start of the Spring season?

  • sandygayle77 Mar 2, 2010

    spring snow lol, I'm just ready for spring!!!!!

  • time4real Mar 2, 2010

    "why do you even watch"

    not sure, but ask NoGoLo.

  • time4real Mar 2, 2010

    "He says some computer model is showing warmer air aloft coming in around 10PM tonight and that would really limit the snowy precip."

    of course it would, after all, it is March.

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev RP Mar 2, 2010

    Cheers to dwnc03 - refer to his/her recent post. Good to see others feel the same way. What is the point in posting cynical and negative remarks about everything? Such a sad existence.

  • Starlyte Mar 2, 2010

    Lol deliah :/ Not sure why!! But it is the truth, and smart minds think alike? I dunno!

  • dwnc03 Mar 2, 2010

    time4real...why do you even watch WRAL if all you do is wait for a chance to troll? It doesn't make you look witty. It makes you look sad. Does the weather forecast mean that much to you? Really???? It snows. It doesn't. Life goes on.

  • rescuefan Mar 2, 2010

    From the NOAA site:

    CURRENT TRENDS INDICATE THE MID LEVEL DRY SLOT WORKING UP THROUGH
    THE COASTAL AREA... WITH SNOW BANDING SETTING UP OVER WESTERN NC
    COMING EASTWARD. THE LOCAL WRF INDICATES THIS SNOW BAND WILL
    AFFECT THE FOOTHILLS AND WESTERN PIEDMONT AS IT IS NOW... THEN
    SHIFT EAST INTO THE TRIANGLE AND NORTHEASTERN NC REGION LATER THIS
    EVENING. HOURLY SNOWFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF AN INCH PER HOUR MAY
    OCCUR IN THIS BAND. DUE TO CONVECTIVE ELEMENTS... THERE SHOULD BE A HIGH VARIABILITY IN SNOWFALL TOTALS... EVEN FROM COUNTY TO COUNTY. THEREFORE... WE WILL GIVE A RANGE OF 2-5 INCHES... BUT LOCAL AMOUNTS IN THE 6-8 INCH RANGE WILL BE POSSIBLE.

  • lma1973 Mar 2, 2010

    Just watched Greg's forecats on WRAL at 6:15. He says some computer model is showing warmer air aloft coming in around 10PM tonight and that would really limit the snowy precip. Figures!!

  • delilahk2000 Mar 2, 2010

    STARLYTE, I SAID THE SAME THING BUT I SEE THAT GOLO CHOOSE NOT TO PRINT IT. AGAIN

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