Blog: Snow blankets N.C.

Get updates about the winter storm crossing North Carolina. Read viewers' thoughts about the snow, get behind-the-scenes details about WRAL's snow coverage.

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Saturday, 2:17 p.m.: The Williams family in Four Oaks turned the snowfall into an early celebration of Valentine's Day.
Saturday, 1:51 p.m.: Viewer Daniel Smith writes: "We're just inside the northern boundary of Durham's city limits, just off Roxboro Road. At 10 a.m., we had 1.75 inches of accumulation on grassy and elevated surfaces. By 1:30 p.m., it's almost entirely melted away. Our house's snowfall total for 2010 now stands at 9.75 inches."
Saturday, 1:16 p.m.: Carolina Hurricanes fans weren't to be outdone.
Saturday, 12:41 p.m.: Viewer Scott Hanson shared this cool view of Raleigh from the top of the Wachovia building.
Viewer Scott Hanson shared this view of Raleigh from the top of the Wachovia building on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
Saturday, 12:21 p.m.: Here are some snowmen cheering for more college teams popular in the Triangle.
Saturday, 12:07 p.m.: The roads are clearing up in Fayetteville, says WRAL reporter Adam Owens.
Saturday, 11:51 a.m.: Viewer Sam Trogdon's family can't decide where its college loyalties lie, and neither can its snowman.
Saturday, 11:23 a.m.: WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins and reporter Mike Charbonneau found a new new buddy chilling on Carolina Beach.
WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins shows how big a snowman on Carolina Beach is.
WRAL reporter Mike Charbonneau caught this snowman chilling on Carolina Beach on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
Saturday, 11:06 a.m.: Viewer Connie Purvis shared her recipe for a snow smoothie: "I just made the most amazing smoothie with snow cream!! Made snow cream with Eagle Brand Milk and Vanilla flavoring. Then added Welch's new Blueberry Pomegranate Concord Grape Juice – to a smoothie consistency. Divine!"
Saturday, 10:51 a.m.: Viewer Linda writes: "Windsor, N.C. in Bertie County has about 5 inches of snow, and it is still coming down."
Saturday, 10:40 a.m.: Viewer Trudy Solomon shared this photo from Surf City. She wrote, "Our snowman is ready for some surf! Our sand toys and shells came in handy."
Saturday, 10:29 a.m.: Viewer Frank P., a volunteer with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, writes that he measured 5.2  inches in Goldsboro, and another volunteer measured 6 inches in eastern Wayne County.
Saturday, 10:15 a.m.: Viewer Donna Knott exults, "The snow is perfect for snowmen in North Raleigh!"
Saturday, 10:08 a.m.: Viewer Marty Smith writes: "Loving our 3.5 inches of snow at Sandy Ridge Country Club between Dunn and Spivey's Corner."
Saturday, 10:05 a.m.: The Stewart family writes: "We had an average of 2-4 inches here at Topsail. The depth depended on the wind drifts!"
Saturday, 10:01 a.m.: Viewer Brad Tew writes: "We have about 6-7" of snow covering all inches of Cedar Creek. Downtown Fayetteville isn't too bad."
Saturday, 9:56 a.m.: Viewer Carol Carter says that Hurdle Mills got 2 to 3 inches of snow.
Saturday, 9:56 a.m.: Viewer Olivia Hancock caught a photo of a dolphin swimming between the snow-covered banks of Bear Creek in the Swansboro area.
These were taken about 7:35AM this morning.  The pictures depict a dolphin moving through Bear Creek with snow in the background.  Thought your viewers would enjoy these unusual photos. (Photo by Olivia Hancock)
Saturday, 9:48 a.m.: Despite the snow, the Coast Guard ship sailed out to patrol the Intercoastal Waterway. WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins shared this photo.
A Coast Guard ship sails out to patrol the Intercoastal Waterway during a snowy day in Wilmington on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
Saturday, 9:42 a.m.: WRAL photojournalist Keith Baker shared a photo of the Sky 5 helicopter after it landed on the roof of the WRAL studios. Baker's been filming from Sky 5 this morning.
Sky 5 lands on the roof of the WRAL-TV studios after flying over a snow-covered landscape on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
Saturday, 9:35 a.m.: Viewer Carolyn Overton writes: "We got some of this snow in Butner, N.C. We may have an inch or a little over. ... The cars go by my house a little fast. ...  There is a car in the ditch and one turned upside down. So the wheels are up in the air and not on the road. I went out this morning and I did not have any trouble, but I was not one speeding down the road."
Saturday, 9:33 a.m.: Carrboro town officials say that crews are out plowing arterial, collector and secondary streets. Temperatures are still hovering near freezing, though, so motorists should be careful.
Saturday, 9:32 a.m.: Rocky Mount officials say that roads are passable, but they urged motorists to use extra caution, especially at intersections and on bridges. Report trouble spots by calling the city's Streets and Stormwater Division at 252-467-4906.
Saturday, 9:28 a.m.: Viewer Dave Roy says that the Colonial Acres subdivision in Wayne County got 6 inches of snow.
Saturday, 9:24 a.m.: Sledders are coming out in droves to Rowan Park in Fayetteville, WRAL reporter Bryan Mims says. Mims says that at the sight, "the inner child comes forth. And I just want to go sliding down a hill."
Saturday, 9:06 a.m.: WRAL's Go Ask mom blogger Sarah Hall shares tips on what to do with children and family while you're snowed in.
Saturday, 9 a.m.: Viewer Jeff Matthews reports that Sneads Ferry got 6 inches of snow. A blanket of snow is covering shrimp boats.
Saturday, 8:59 a.m.: Viewer Mike Blackley in Atlantic Beach writes: " It appears that we got around three inches of snow here, but the wind was blowing at 10-15 mph so a lot of it got blown around."
Saturday, 8:54 a.m.: WRAL traffic reporter says that bridges across the area are freezing over. Be careful.
Saturday, 8:52: WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss has supped-up his snow-meteorologist: It's now wearing a Greg Fishel mask, tie and big, red wig.
Saturday, 8:47: An icy patch is also being reported on Interstate 540, on bridge over Fox Road.
Saturday, 8:37: Here's the snow-meteorologist and bride.
WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss and crew members built a WRAL snow-meteorologist and bride next to the fountain outside the WRAL-TV studios on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
Saturday, 8:28 a.m.: WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins shared this picture of the USS North Carolina covered in snow at a Wilmington dock.
WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins shared this picture of the USS North Carolina covered in snow at a Wilmington dock on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
Saturday, 8:20 a.m.: The Raleigh police watch commander says that Poole Road up to the Interstate 440 split is also seeing some wrecks. Road crews are going out to spread some salt and sand on that stretch of Interstate 40 West, between Jones Franklin and Buck Jones roads. Slow down, police say.
Saturday, 8:18 a.m.: There's a lot of chatter on the police scanners about wrecks on Interstate 40 West, between Jones Franklin and Buck Jones roads.
Saturday, 8:16 a.m.: Viewer David Wright from Roanoke Rapids writes: "Almost an accidental snow falling ... the flakes are still coming down but with little purpose it seems. Regardless, it's enjoyable!!!"
Saturday, 8:02 a.m.: Viewer David Poole writes from southern Wake County: "Four inches of snow this morning. It was a beautiful night and picturesque morning. Hope you are all well, warm and safe."
Saturday, 8:01 a.m.: Viewer Mickey Partain writes: "The sun is rising in Spies! How beautiful, almost quiet. Our collies are enjoying the fresh snow!"
Saturday, 7:59 a.m.: Viewer Gayle Kabes in Mount Olive writes:  This snow is so beautiful and fluffy. God certainly decorated, for our enjoyment, His nature beautifully! The snow fell so beautiful on the trees and the structures in the yard!"
Saturday, 7:58 a.m.: Viewer Bill writes: "Very close to 7 inches of snow in Pirateland. (Greenville). I know we are not technically in your viewing area, but I am a real fan of Greg Fishel and the whole WRAL weather gang."
Saturday, 7:56 a.m.: Ice has caused another wreck on Interstate 40 West, at Rock Quarry Road, in Raleigh. Dispatchers said some injuries have been reported.
Saturday, 7:47 a.m.: Be careful on those roads! Troopers say that roads are starting to pick up. Several wrecks happened at once on a bridge on U.S. Highway 1 in Cary.
Saturday, 7:29 a.m.: Cumberland County dispatchers confirm that there is wreck involving an 18-wheeler and SUV on Interstate 95 North, near N.C. Highway 87.
Saturday, 7:26 a.m.: It's Mini Mimsie!
WRAL reporter Bryan Mims and photojournalist Michael Joyner built "Mini Mimsie."
Saturday, 7:20 a.m.: WRAL is following reports of an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 95, near N.C. Highway 87, in Cumberland County.
Saturday, 7:12 a.m.: Photojournalist Richard Adkins shared this picture of reporter Mike Charbonneau in Wilmington.
WRAL reporter Mike Charbonneau poses next to a snow covered sign in Wilmington on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
Saturday, 7:10 a.m.: Reporter Bryan Mims isn't to be outdone. He's made a snowman and named in "Mini Mimsy." We'll have pictures soon!
Saturday, 7:02 a.m.: WRAL crew members built a snow weatherman and his bride next to the fountain outside the studio.
Saturday, 6:59 a.m.: Viewer Yancy Collins says, "I'd venture to say we got 1 1/2" to 2" of snow in Laurinburg overnight. It came down pretty heavy before midnight and was pretty much done about 1:30 am!"
Saturday, 6:52 a.m.: Viewer Sandra Lucas says that Nashville is a "beautiful winter wonderland."
Saturday, 6:43 a.m.: Viewer Chris Hunter says that he has 6.5 inches of snow on his pool deck in the southern part of Clinton.
Saturday, 6:30 a.m.: Johnston County dispatchers say slick roads are causing wrecks on Interstate 95 at the Neuse River Bridge and on N.C. Highway 210 at the Cleveland Road bridge.
Saturday, 6:14 a.m.: Reporter Bryan Mims waxes poetic about the quieting effects of snow: "The snow has the ability to suck all the sound out of the world. ... We're surrounded, we're engulfed by solitude. I love it."
Saturday, 6:03 a.m.: Reporter Mike Charbonneau says that surfers were in the ocean when he got to Wilmington. Now the palm trees are covered in snow.
Saturday, 5:57 a.m.: Troopers and authorities aren't reporting major wrecks this morning. But they still say be careful, particularly on bridges. In New Hanover County, Myrtle Grove and River roads are impassable in places.
Saturday, 5:50 a.m.: Viewer Nicholas Locklear says that Pembroke in Robeson County has gotten 5 inches of snow.
Saturday, 5:42 a.m.: WRAL reporter Bryan Mims says that the snow is setting a romantic mood for Valentine's Day weekend.
Saturday, 5:35 a.m.: An update on snow totals: 4 inches of snow in the Wilmington area, 5 to 6 inches in Duplin County and around Greenville; around 3 inches in Johnston, Chatham and southern Wake counties; 1 to 2 inches from north Wake County up through Granville County
Saturday, 5:24 a.m.: WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins sent this picture of a snow-covered palm tree and - in his words - "a big ol' goober" in downtown Wilmington.
WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins sent this picture of a snow-covered palm tree and - in his words - "a big ol' goober" in downtown Wilmington.
Saturday, 5:17 a.m.: We just aired some footage of snow falling in Myrtle Beach. A rare sight! The flakes aren't sticking to the roads, so it's more pretty than dangerous.
Saturday, 4:47 a.m.: “We are seeing a light snow outside the Raleigh studios,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.
Saturday, 4:47 a.m.: Streets overall appear more wet than icy, according to WRAL’s traffic cams.
Saturday, 4:41 a.m.: Photojournalist Richard Adkins sent this photo from Wilmington:
Photojournalist Richard Adkins sent this photo from Wilmington.






Saturday, 4:33 a.m.: Current snowfall totals: 2.5 inches in Halifax, 3.5 inches in Wilson, 5 inches in Clinton and 3 inches in Raleigh.
Saturday, 4:04 a.m.: “We are expecting the snow to end by middle morning on Saturday,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Saturday, 3:52 a.m.: WRAL News Managing Editor Bonnie Moore says roads are overall drivable.  She passed two single-car wrecks on I-40.
Saturday, 3:48 a.m.: The temperature in Goldsboro is 31 degrees and 30 degrees in Chapel Hill.
Saturday, 3:32 a.m.: Viewer reports almost 4 inches of snow in Black Creek.
Saturday, 3:14 a.m.: Viewer reports wet and slushy roads in Holly Springs.
Saturday, 2:58 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss says snow is heavy around Sampson County and parts of Cumberland County.
Saturday, 2:33 a.m.: Viewer reports 2 inches of snow in Bahama.
Saturday, 2:10 a.m.: WRAL's Mike Moss reports 1.5  inches of snow at the RDU airport.
Saturday, 1:56 a.m.: Viewer reports as much as 5 inches of snow near the Duplin-Wayne county line.
Saturday, 1:41 a.m.: Viewer reports 4 inches of snow in Pinebluff.
Saturday, 1:21 a.m.: Viewer reports hazardous road conditions in Henderson.
Saturday, 1:06 a.m.: WRAL's Mike Maze says the temperature has fallen to 30 degrees at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Saturday, 12:46 a.m.: A viewer reports 4 inches of snow in Aberdeen.
Saturday, 12:28 a.m.: Mike Charbonneau reports on snow fall in Wrightsville Beach.
Saturday, 12:13 a.m.: A viewer reports 2.5 inches of snow at Carolina Trace, 4 miles south of Sanford.
Friday, 11:36 p.m.: High School OT's Nick Stevens reported that N.C. Highway 54 near Maynard Road was slick. He also said Morrsville Parkway was slippery.
Friday, 11:03 p.m.: Road conditions in Winston-Salem are "poor" with ice and snow slick spots developing on bridges and secondary roads, police said. Specifically U.S. Highway 311 south from Winston-Salem toward High Point and the surrounding areas have very poor road conditions. Salt trucks are working on the major roads.

Police said motorists should use extreme caution and not drive unless they need to.

Friday, 11 p.m.: Wrecks have been reported in several counties.

The conditions had some drivers sliding into ditches in Wake County, the state Highway Patrol said.

Fayetteville police said road conditions were quiet around 9:45 p.m. There were a few dozen wrecks, mostly in the Columbus County area, troopers said.

Wrecks with injuries were reported at the intersections of Holly Springs and Kildaire Farm roads in Apex and Ballentine Dairy and Sunset Lake roads in Raleigh.

Other wrecks were reported at:

  • Camellia and Hitchcock drives in Durham
  • Lake Boone Trail and Landmark Drive in Raleigh
  • Wakefield Plantation and Forest Pine drives in Raleigh
  • 3921 Western Boulevard in Raleigh
  • Lake Wheeler Road and Sierra Drive in Raleigh
  • Sunset Lake Road and Main Street in Holly Springs
  • Perry Creek and Berkshire Downs in Raleigh
  • 10000 Raleigh Road near the intersection of King Mill Road in Johnston County
Friday, 10:55 p.m.: Viewer Justin reported between 4 and 5 inches of snow in two hours. "Not too bad for Hope Mills, huh?" he wrote.
Friday, 10:40 p.m.: Viewer Heidi reported about 1 1/2 inches of snow in Sharpsburg.
Friday, 10:30 p.m.: Adam Owens sent us another video from Fayetteville!
Friday, 9:53 p.m.: WRAL's Gerald Owens said the snow is sticking to the roads in Apex.
Friday, 9:39 p.m.: High School OT's Nick Stevens said the snow is starting to stick to the roads in Chapel Hill. Be careful out there!
Friday, 9:02 p.m.: The phrase of the evening: "Oh snow you didn't!" courtesy of Teresa Ostuni on the assignment desk.
Friday, 9 p.m.: More viewer snow reports! This one is from Joseph Lawrence who reported small flakes in Spring Lake. "My deck and deck table are well covered," he wrote.
Friday, 8:41 p.m.: Viewer Shana Broders had this to say, "It has started to snow in Wake Forest!!! Started right at 8:35 p.m. here."
Friday, 8:40 p.m.: Eddie from Wallace said the snow is "coming down pretty good. The ground is now covered."