RALEIGH, N.C. — Temperatures stayed above freezing into early Friday, and forecasters said a thick blanket of clouds prevented icy roads for the Friday morning commute.
Schools that closed Thursday were all scheduled to be open Friday, and attention turned to makeup days that will begin as early as Saturday for Wake County students in year-round schools. (Up-to-the-minute closing information is always available on the .
Temperatures climbed steadily and precipitation wound down Thursday afternoon after a morning of wintry precipitation. Clouds that stayed even as the rain eased kept heat from escaping into the atmosphere, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel explained.
The fun day to play on Thursday comes with a price for students, and districts announced when they would make up the time.
In Wake County, schools on traditional calendars will be in session on Feb. 19, modified calendar schools on March 26, year-round schools this Saturday and the early college on March 9.
Durham schools will make up the day on Feb. 19, as will Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools.
Orange County Schools will be in session April 9, with the exception of Hillsborough Elementary, which gets a March 19 makeup day instead.
The winter weather Thursday started as snow in the Charlotte area at about 5 a.m., dumping about 2 inches before a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain began falling about three hours later. The winter storm then moved eastward with Moore, Lee and Harnett counties among the first places in the WRAL viewing area to see the snowfall.
By the end of the afternoon, amounts from a half-inch to just under an inch of snow had accumulated in most parts of the Triangle. Robbins in Moore Country saw approximately 2 inches of snow. Fayetteville, where it snowed hard for a time, saw an inch pile up.
State Highway Patrol troopers responded to 220 collisions, mostly minor, in the Triangle a result of Thursday's weather, according to spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin. There were no reports of fatalities in the Triangle, though police said there was one deadly wreck near Mount. Airy.
The weather caused some travel problems at two North Carolina airports. As of noon Thursday, about 40 flights had been canceled or delayed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to an airport spokeswoman. Most, if not all, of those were a result of winter weather in other parts of the nation, however. That number, however, began tapering off by Thursday afternoon.
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