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Rain, Freezing Rain, Sleet Fall in Triangle Area

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RALEIGH — The Triangle region was spared once again as awinter storm brought snow, sleet and significant icing in Greensboro andpoints west, but mainly a cold rain here.

No widespread road problems are expected Friday morning. At 5:30 a.m., itwas 33 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Temperatures werebelow freezing in some areas north and west of the Triangle, meaningsome possible slick spots on bridges.

Temperatures in all of the TV5 viewing area should rise well abovefreezing Friday afternoon and night, with some heavy rain possible Fridaynight.

There was a brief period of sleet inthe Triangle area Thursday afternoon, but that turned freezing rain andthen to rain in most areas.

It was a different scenario west and north of the Triangle.Snow gave way to freezing rain around nightfall in the Triad area. Therewas more accumulation and danger of freezing in those areas. Farther west,several inches of snow fell by nightfall and some accumulation wasexpected.

Several wrecks were reported on Interstates 40 and 26 inwestern North Carolina because of the weather.

Higher elevations reported up to four inches of snow on theground, with up to three inches in other mountain counties. Sleetand freezing rain fell as far east as Raleigh and Greensboro.

School systems from Rutherford County in the west to GuilfordCounty in the east took no chances Thursday afternoon, sending studentshome early.

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