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Snow piles up on roads, grass in Orange, Alamance counties

Posted January 17, 2018 11:21 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 9:56 a.m. EDT

— Snow was coming down at a good clip across Orange, Chatham and Alamance counties on Wednesday, and there was no sign of it letting up.

As of 11:15 a.m., the National Weather Service bumped up possible snow totals to 6 to 8 inches across Alamance, Orange, Durham, Person and northwestern Wake counties.

Students in Orange and Chatham counties will have a second snow day on Thursday. Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Alamance Burlington schools also announced classes were canceled on Thursday.

Official snow totals measured 5 inches in Mebane at noon, and 5 inches in Durham and Chapel Hill. Snow totals at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport measured at 4 inches by 2:45 p.m

Mebane was one of the first areas to see snow and by 10:30 a.m. about 4 inches was measured on the grass.

One man, who drove from Durham to Mebane early Wednesday, said his drive was slow-going.

"The drive was quite a bit slower for me this morning," he told WRAL's Emmy Victor. "I drove about 15 mph slower just to be safer."

Visibility issues were also reported across areas west of the Triangle, and officials urged drivers to stay off the roadways.

In Roxboro, the unofficial snow capital of central North Carolina, main roads were starting to be snow-covered by about 10 a.m.

WRAL's Gina Binetez was in snow up to her ankles standing near a popular gas station off Madison Boulevard.

Slick spots were reported on secondary roads and there was a report of a wreck nearby. Authorities said a person slid off the road and their car ended in a ditch.

By 12:30 p.m., the Roxboro police chief said there have been 22 reports of crashes or disabled vehicles since the snow started to fall.