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Winter Weather Moves Through; More Expected Sunday Night

Posted February 18, 2006 9:16 a.m. EST

— Light rain, light snow and sleet fell across a swath of North Carolina Saturday as moisture from the southwest met cold air from the north, forecasters said.

A wintry mix was reported in several areas in the north and west portions of the viewing area early Saturday afternoon, including Durham, Chatham and Orange counties. However, a Snow Advisory for Northampton County was cancelled. (

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Forecasters said that light precipitation would taper off by early evening. However, dropping temperatures may freeze water on the roads, leading to slick spots on bridges and overpasses.

Temperatures will continue to drop into the low-30s Saturday evening, marking a 40-degree change since Friday afternoon.

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Another chance for a mix of winter weather -- snow, sleet and freezing rain -- is possible late Sunday evening through President's Day, forecasters said.

Department of Transportation crews are getting ready for possible winter weather. That means pre-treating major roads like the Beltline, I-40, Glenwood Avenue and U.S. 401. It's their first major preparation this season.

"We've had just about summertime most of this winter," said Chris McGee with the DOT in Wake County. "We've had a couple of near-misses where we've had some folks on standby, but we've not put any material out or had to do anything much other than just a spot location here or there."

DOT Crews will start spraying roads with salt brine Sunday morning. It should take at least half the day to complete.