Bitterly cold, rainy day in the Triangle; some northern counties see ice, snow

Posted January 28, 2021 1:40 p.m. EST
Updated January 31, 2021 10:14 a.m. EST

— Central North Carolina woke up to more wintry weather, with snow flurries beginning late Saturday night and freezing rain beginning again early Sunday morning.

By 10 a.m. in the Triangle, most of the freezing rain had simply become cold rain on a bitterly cold day. North of the Triangle, some areas saw snow and icy roads, creating more hazardous conditions. 

Many counties are still under a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m.

WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

"We saw a wide range of conditions across our area this morning," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "From Raleigh southward it's all rain, but from Raleigh northward, we saw freezing rain and even some sleet and snow."

Hour-by-hour forecast for Sunday's winter weather event.

The winter weather could last until around noon Sunday. At that point, temperatures should rise above freezing, allowing the precipitation to change over into rain across the state.

"When all is said and done, we could see a tenth of an inch of ice on the roads, and up to a quarter of an inch to our north and west," Maloch said.

Ice accumulation impacts

The overnight freeze and early morning freezing rain lead to a few slick spots on the road.

Freezing rain is the threat and that could lead to some icy roadways. So try to stay off the roads early in the day Sunday.

Potential impacts of the freeing rain could include spotty power outages, especially north and west of I-85, and slick roads.

As the sun rises and temperatures warm, the entire system will eventually change over into just rain – leaving behind a rainy, bitterly cold day with temperatures only reaching a high of 39.

"We may end up with a little wintry mix for Monday morning, too," said Gardner.

See conditions across the Triangle.

7-Day forecast

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