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Snow turns to rain in NC

Posted December 16, 2010

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— Snowflakes that fell in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday gradually changed to a wintry mix and then rain as a weather system moved east across the state.

Hundreds of schools and businesses canceled or delayed opening, amid fears that the winter storm could cause a messy morning commute.

A trace to an inch of snow coated the Triangle, and farther north, near the Virginia border, as much as 2½ inches of snow were reported.

About four hours after flakes started falling, though, the snow began to change into a wintry mix.

Freezing rain created a glaze over already-fallen snow, pushing down accumulations. Rain remained in the forecast into Thursday evening, but WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said that any precipitation that falls would be spotty light rain or drizzle.

With temperatures dipping into the mid to low 30s overnight, there is a danger of black ice forming and creating a problem with drivers around daybreak on Friday morning, Maze said.

Friday will be precipitation-free and milder, with a high in the mid 40s.

On Saturday, the temperatures will drop back into the 30s, and a small chance of rain or snow returns.

"If we have precipitation, it is likely to change over to snow Saturday night. But that's iffy right now," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "That system may miss us to the east."

Most weather models show the weather system moving too far off the coast to affect central North Carolina.

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  • kikinc Dec 16, 2010

    douglashall-Just b/c I'm from NY doesn't mean I'm insulting. Far from it actually. Please don't stereotype. I was merely pointing out that the local stations reach out quite a distance, and those people who live an hour away are entitled to hear about their areas as well. We're all in this mess together. With all the extra coverage that was given this morning, I think we all had ample coverage of our areas.

  • no1uno Dec 16, 2010

    RoRapp99, I apologize if you felt my comments below were insulting you. I do not know you and of course I have no right to insult your opinion. Appearently I have struck a nerve with an individual who wanted to make this personel, and after responding, I felt that maybe I should apologize, my frustration was not at you. I attempted to leave my home @ 5:15 to beat the weather which RAL stated at the 10pm channel 50 news would start near day break. I was upset to see about a half inch at 5:30. My career depends alot on exact detail and reliability, not assumptions, and I expect it from those who state they do it everyday (insert gov't joke here). Today I felt as though I could have recieved a better forecast from the psychic hotline. Again I apologize to you.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Dec 16, 2010

    Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain, Rain, and Fog.
    I find all of these driving conditions to be difficult for this Native North Carolinian...but not to worry.
    I always receive advice from my New York friends on how to drive.

  • no1uno Dec 16, 2010

    kikinc..douglass..oh you are so funny bet you giggled like a school girl writing that. Looking back I sure didn't personally attack anyone when writing my opinion...but being from New York, I guess you have the right to insult anyone you wish to insult huh?. Well, I looked at your web site and I saw alot of TV stations around that didn't say WRAL or WTVD, so I don't know what your point was in sending me that. Sure it states area served...that doesn't mean its your local channel. Read some of the other comments posted here too, I didn't make this up I mean you are the posting police today see how many other folks have the same complaint about this! what you just found one post and decided to insult someone? all this college you got doesn't make you better than the rest of us Don't insult somebody via the computer I hope you are better than that. If I insulted anybody I do apologize.

  • snowfreak Dec 16, 2010

    Franklin and Vance county schools close. Will wake county follow?

  • PHXNJNC Dec 16, 2010

    "WRAL-how about when you guys update an article you also delete out the old irrelvant info? Its not that hard to do. For example, if i just now logged on to read this article i would think that we still have a long way to go with this storm when that is not the case at all at this point. Instead of just adding sentences to the end of the article, maybe delete some as well to keep the thing "somewhat" current.
    lma1973
    December 16, 2010 2:17 p.m."
    THANK YOU! Finally- someone said it ! haha....

  • snowfreak Dec 16, 2010

    Do you guys think Wake County will close its doors tomorrow? I think it will prob close just because the neighborhood and back roads are just simply too dangerous! Especially the parking lots which also contribute to a closing decision....what do you guys think

  • kikinc Dec 16, 2010

    douglasshall-WRAL IS the local news station for areas an hour away from here. They don't have anything else to watch. They ARE supporting their local channel by watching WRAL.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_stations_in_North_Carolina

    This is a list of the local channels. As you will see, some of the Raleigh/Durham stations are licensed outside of the Triangle. They were talking about the road conditions every 6 minutes this morning, so I'm sure you didn't miss much.

  • lma1973 Dec 16, 2010

    WRAL-how about when you guys update an article you also delete out the old irrelvant info? Its not that hard to do. For example, if i just now logged on to read this article i would think that we still have a long way to go with this storm when that is not the case at all at this point. Instead of just adding sentences to the end of the article, maybe delete some as well to keep the thing "somewhat" current.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 16, 2010

    Any so called winter storm that cleans up after its self by washing away the evidence, is no winter storm.

    It's a whift.

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