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Some saw almost a foot of snow

Posted December 26, 2010

— It was officially a White Christmas in the Triangle when the first flakes of snow began to fall at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Saturday.

By Sunday afternoon, the bulk of the storm had moved out to the north and east, leaving 6.5 inches at the airport and even more for some locations. Southeast Knightdale saw the greatest accumulation of any Wake County community, recording 10 inches. In east Raleigh, 8 inches was reported – the most within city limits. Parts of Nash and Edgecombe counties saw a full foot of snow.

Nash County saw most snow Nash County saw most snow

The National Weather Service extended the Winter Weather Advisories for the eastern half of the state through Monday at noon, warning that after the snowfall ends icy conditions will remain.

"Another half-inch of snow could accumulate through the evening Sunday," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

The fast-falling snow exceeded most meteorologists' forecasts as a low-pressure system off the Carolina coast threw moisture west across the state through the day Sunday. 

Fierce winds along the North Carolina coast prompted the DOT to suspend ferry operations on the Currituck, Pamlico River, Swan Quarter and Cedar Island routes.

Snow makes for slippery Sunday Snow makes for slippery Sunday

The Northeast was getting the brunt of the storm. Forecasters issued a blizzard warning for New York City for Sunday and Monday, with a forecast of 11 to 16 inches of snow and strong winds that will reduce visibility to near zero at times. A blizzard warning was also in effect for Rhode Island and most of eastern Massachusetts including Boston, with forecasters predicting 15 to 20 inches of snow. A blizzard warning is issued when snow is accompanied by sustained winds or gusts over 35 mph.

As much as 18 inches could fall on the New Jersey shore with wind gusts over 40 mph.

The NFL moved the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings game from Sunday night to Tuesday because of an expected blizzard that could dump up to 20 inches snow on Philadelphia.

The snow that began on Saturday night was the first white Christmas for the Triangle in more than 60 years. The official snowfall at RDU before midnight was 0.4 inch, which equaled the amount that fell on the Triangle on Christmas Day 1947, WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said.

The largest snowfall ever recorded in December at RDU was 9.1 inches in 1958.

For thousands of customers of Progress Energy in Wake and Johnston counties, the white out was also a blackout.

More than 100,000 customers lost power for some part of Sunday when heavy snow snapped power lines and dropped snow-laden branches on power supplies. Crews worked through the day Sunday to restore power and expected to have 95 percent back on line by midnight.

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  • mitchricha13 Dec 28, 12:27 p.m.

    Krazikatt2,
    You should be able to control your car if you were going 20 mph. If you were going 30 mph or more you were following too close. 1 car link for every 10 mph. When you follow too close you have to expect stuff falling off the top and the driver ahead of you slamming in the brakes for various reason. It's funny how you complain but you are the problem.

  • Whatever0211 Dec 27, 1:16 p.m.

    ncmedic I was thinking the same thing this morning. That's funny.

  • ncmedic201 Dec 27, 12:51 p.m.

    Where is Waiting for a real snow with all the complaining about the DOT pretreating the roads when it wasn't going to snow?? I thought for sure he/she would be on here today to apologize.

  • krazikatt2 Dec 27, 12:28 p.m.

    Please clean the roofs of your cars off before traveling. You can lead to someone losing control of their vehicle as the snow and ice plummel their windshield behind you as it flies off. This is against the law as it is the same as driving a vehicle that is not in running order. Please be considerate of others. I almost went off the road four times this morning due to inconsiderate drivers that did not properly clean their vehicles off. AND I was over two car lengths behind them which is legally a safe distance. Think before you drive folks!

  • adotd Dec 27, 12:04 p.m.

    8.5 inches in Willow Spring! But roads are fine so no snow day!

  • EvilSithLord Dec 27, 11:40 a.m.

    Our power started flickering a little bit by mid afternoon yesterday and I was thinking, Oh Oh! Not now! I have full house with the in laws in town including my two sisters in law. What can be worst than that? Yes, a power outage!

  • jules v2.0-waiting for spring Dec 27, 10:40 a.m.

    We got about a foot in Western Wayne County. It is SOOOOO pretty!

  • treki70 Dec 27, 10:25 a.m.

    Got 10 maybe even 11 inchs in southeastern johnston Co.--power flickerd 2 -3 time lost power for a hour but were ok..Good job to all the wrak team for their coverage-got this one right!!!

  • gnewsome1 Dec 27, 10:06 a.m.

    Goy 6 in Timberlake, North of Durham but it is really cold today and most of it is still on the ground.

  • gnewsome1 Dec 27, 10:04 a.m.

    Give the WRAL weather center credit. They called this one in advance and on the money, even though 2 fronts were involved.

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