Northern NC schools delayed; snow chances fade

Posted March 4, 2012 3:47 p.m. EST
Updated March 5, 2012 9:42 a.m. EST

— Schools were delayed in northern North Carolina counties Monday, but a system that had the potential to deliver snowfall fizzled.

"Around here, we've been on snow patrol, but we haven't seen anything. We've even been having trouble getting sprinkles out of this system," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

School openings were delayed by two hours in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties. (See the full list of closings and delays.)

A winter weather advisory that had covered more than a dozen counties – including Granville, Halifax, Person, Vance and Warren – until noon was cancelled by mid-morning.

Warming temperatures and low moisture levels doomed the chances for snow.

"Our atmosphere is so dry, it's evaporating before hitting the ground, and this system isn't ever really going to have much 'umph' to do much," Gardner said.

The system delivering the chance for snow is an Alberta clipper. Coming from the north and west, such systems carry less moisture and pass by more quickly than moisture-laden systems from the south that normally deliver the most snow to North Carolina.

After this system moves through, temperatures should warm to the mid 50s in the Triangle and upper 40s in northern counties Monday afternoon.

Tuesday will see similar highs, and then the 60s return for the rest of the work week. By next weekend, the mercury could hit the 70-degree mark.