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Sun returns today along with steadily rising temperatures

Posted December 11, 2018 4:54 a.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2018 3:33 p.m. EST

Despite no precipitation expected Tuesday in the Triangle, freezing temperatures could lead to black ice on roadways in the morning.

Temperatures across the state will hovered near freezing throughout the early morning, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, but began warming after 7 a.m.

The Triangle remains under a winter weather advisory until 11 a.m.

Gardner expects ice to being melting by 10 or 11 a.m.

Current Temperatures, DMA

Bridges are expected to be especially slick, and icy patches are possible on roads that haven't yet dried off.

"While it's not likely to be a sheet of ice everywhere, all it takes is one patch, when you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it can not only change your life but change everybody's lives around you," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "Everybody just use common sense and be extra careful."

Clouds on Tuesday morning will give way to sunshine that will help warm the Triangle area into the low 40s.

Tuesday night should be clear, with a low of 27.

Temperatures are expected to climb throughout the week, reaching the low 60s by Saturday. However, rain returns for the weekend.

DOT crews prep for icy conditions

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has put down 3,700 tons of salt-sand mixture on the roads since the winter storm started last weekend.

Jason Dunigan with the DOT said crews are doing what they can to assist with the black ice.

"There's definitely going to be some black ice. Just because there's no snow, or the pavement is not white, doesn't mean the dampness is on that pavement," said Dunigan.

Officials recommend drivers give themselves plenty of room between other vehicles when on the road Tuesday.