State News

Sleet Turns to Rain; Warmer Weekend on Tap

Posted February 22, 2008 4:14 a.m. EST
Updated February 22, 2008 9:27 a.m. EST

— Some schools delayed openings today as rain made streets slick in some isolated spots.

Overall, however, there were few problems.

“It’s going to be tough for a lot of this to actually freeze,” said WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “At this point, there hasn’t been much that is actually developing.”

The sleet began falling Thursday evening in Raleigh, some parts of Chapel Hill and Cary. Viewers reported that sleet was sticking to surfaces in Rocky Mount, Wake Forest and parts of Chatham, Granville, Franklin, Vance and Wilson counties late Thursday.

That sleet, however, turned into rain overnight in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. Ground temperatures remained warm enough to keep roads from becoming slick, though there were some icy bridges and overpasses in counties north and west of the Triangle.

"There could be a small strip from southern Virginia through the Triad, including parts of our northern counties, that could see some light icing," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said Thursday night. "It’s a possibility we could see some glazing on bridges and overpasses, which would make traveling hazardous (this) morning."

Showers will continue on and off for much of the day, Maze said.

Saturday will be much warmer, with temperatures in the mid-60s.

"Boy, does it look nice for Saturday," Gardner said. Skies are expected to clear and highs will climb into the 60s.