11 NC counties are under alert, including Johnston, Sampson, Halifax, and Northampton counties. Details
Published: 2014-02-13 16:51:00
Updated: 2014-02-14 05:44:03
Posted February 13, 2014 4:51 p.m. EST
Updated February 14, 2014 5:44 a.m. EST
Bluer and sunnier skies are on the way.
After the winter storm that dumped inches of ice and snow across central North Carolina Wednesday and Thursday, skies will clear a bit, and temperatures will climb into the low 40s Friday and Saturday and reach nearly 50 degrees on Sunday.
The downside, however, any ice and snow that melts will refreeze overnight as temperatures drop below 32 degrees.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. Friday for nearly three-quarters of the state, reminding drivers of black ice and snow-covered roadways. DOT crews were working to treat trouble spots, but officials asked drivers to stay off the roads on the final day of the work week if possible.
By mid-morning, temperatures will rise above the freezing mark, and significant melting of ice and snow should occur.
There is another system to watch Friday night into Saturday as a disturbance moves through the area from the west.
"It doesn't look like it's going to be a big deal," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "But it could be just enough to throw a few flakes in the air to make people say 'what?'"
It won't be until at least Monday before the thermostat stays above freezing.
Highs next week will edge toward 50 degrees on Monday and nearly 60 Tuesday and Wednesday – and 70 by Thursday – with not a drop of wet weather in sight.