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Published: 2017-12-09 06:27:00
Updated: 2018-07-13 14:06:28
Posted December 9, 2017 6:27 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Winter weather advisories and warnings remained in effect Saturday afternoon for some central North Carolina counties as a line of frozen precipitation moved through the state.
The advisories will last until 4 p.m. Saturday as the snow continues its path to the north and east. Despite the growing piles of snow in the western part of the state, though, the Triangle hasn't been coated.
"Not likely to see much of this sticking at all," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "We still have a winter storm warning and a winter weather advisory in effect through 4 (p.m.) But we're looking at maybe trace amounts, maybe an inch in a few places.
"You're going to want to watch our for bridges, but I don't think we're going to see a lot of slick roads."
Temperatures throughout the Triangle, including Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, ranged in the low to mid-30s around 1 p.m. Snow was still falling in Roxboro in the early afternoon, but the town was only seeing a little bit of accumulation on grassy areas.
WRAL traffic reporter Brian Shrader said drivers traveling on the Interstate 85 corridor to the north and west could see patches of ice so drivers should be cautious. He said roads were mostly wet in the Triangle but that drivers should be wary on bridges and overpasses.
"Those bridges could freeze up in some spots," he said.
Parts of western North Carolina were coated with more than a foot of snow after a winter storm roared through the state.
The National Weather Service reported Saturday that more than 14 inches fell in Burnsville, while there were 12 inches in the Hendersonville area and Asheville Regional Airport recorded 8 inches.
In the Triad, Winston-Salem had 3 inches and Greensboro reported 2 inches. Further east, Burlington and Roxboro had 1 inch.
The snow was tapering off on Saturday, but forecasters say any melted snow will freeze on surfaces and create black ice on roadways. The weather service said highs on Sunday will be in the 30s for much of the state. Temperatures are expected to rise on Monday to the 40s before another round of cold weather arrives.