Expect icy roads and school delays Tuesday

Posted March 16, 2014
Updated March 17, 2014

— Slick road conditions resulted in multiple vehicle accidents Monday night and led school districts across the Triangle, including Wake, Durham, Johnston and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, to open schools late on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service extended a winter weather advisory until noon Tuesday for most of central North Carolina, including Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston, Nash, Person, Edgecombe, Halifax, Lee, Moore, Chatham and Alamance counties.

Wintry precipitation and falling temperatures could produce icy spots on roads overnight and in the early morning, according to the advisory.

Police and sheriff's deputies in Durham advised motorists to use extreme caution on elevated roadways along Interstate 40, Interstate 85 and U.S. Highway 70 Monday night. Interstate 85 southbound near U.S. Highway 70 and at Club Boulevard was closed briefly due to icy roads.

"This is not the type of storm that's going to generate power outages or lots of downed trees because there simply isn't the precipitation to do that," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Still, he urged drivers to be careful, especially Tuesday morning.

"Freezing drizzle is still a big deal if you happen to hit the wrong ice patch at the wrong time," he said. "So we urge you to be extra careful."

The chance for slick roads sent students in Orange, Person and Alamance counties home early Monday afternoon and prompted Wake County schools to cancel after-school activities.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it has 10 trucks on standby in Wake County in case conditions worsen overnight.

Up to a quarter-inch of rain has fallen since Sunday in some areas of central North Carolina. But temperatures hovered just above freezing in Raleigh and Durham overnight Sunday, keeping rain and roads from icing over, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s to around 30 degrees Monday overnight, and Tuesday morning will be cold and wet again before beginning a gradual improvement through the remainder of the week.

The rain will slowly move out as temperatures climb to 40 degrees Tuesday and into the 50s Wednesday.

Thursday's high is 65 degrees, and Friday and Saturday could push toward 70.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 17, 2014

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    At our store, it's usually milk, beer, dog food, smokes - for some reason, with the milk being gone by noon. LOL

  • mistressingrid Mar 17, 2014

    Sleeting in Wake Forest

  • chris42m Mar 17, 2014

    It is snowing at RTP. It looks like spring is thumbing it's nose at us. Sheeesh! The only bright spot is that we aren't in the Northeast.

  • Knightwolf Mar 17, 2014

    here we go again. Better get your milk,bread, and toilet paper......WOLF! WOLF! :)

  • evadbbat Mar 17, 2014

    Snowing at Barnes and Noble in Cary.

  • twoboysandadog Mar 17, 2014

    snow around rex hospital

  • dooksucks001 Mar 17, 2014

    Plenty of snow here near D.C., 10 inches to be exact.

  • Doug Hilliard Mar 17, 2014
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    Snowing west of Cary at the Wake/Chatham county line.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 17, 2014

    Stay safe out there folks. Time to hunker down.

  • smi11er Mar 17, 2014

    Just started to snow on the north shore of Lake Gaston.