Snow Is 'A Beautiful Valentine's Gift'
Areas north and west of Raleigh were blanketed with snow overnight. The Triangle experienced a mostly wet, cold morning. Multiple closings and delays were reported.
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Interstate 40 was relatively clear from Orange County east to Raleigh, but WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner warned of the potential for black ice on the roads.
Officials warned about possible treacherous driving conditions, especially on bridges, overpasses and less-traveled roadways. Department of Transportation crews were out Thursday morning looking for any trouble spots.
Those who weren't driving were able to able to enjoy the snow at their homes. WRAL viewers sent pictures of the snowfall in their area.
One girl took a picture of her father making a snow angel in his bathrobe. "Dad is going crazy in the snow," she wrote.
Another viewer, Melissa Davis, called the snow "a beautiful Valentine's gift!"
WFMY News 2 in Greensboro reported that most of the Triad saw between 2 and 3 inches of snow. Heavier amounts fell to the north, in Rockingham and Caswell counties.
Temperatures were rising, and the forecast called for sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s later in the afternoon.
"A lot of that snow's going to be history pretty quickly," Gardner said.
Rain is expected to move into the area over the weekend. The Triangle received a little over an inch of rain late Tuesday and Wednesday, but Falls Lake, Raleigh's primary reservoir, remained about 8½ feet below normal.
The rainfall deficit stood at 9.67 inches as of Wednesday evening.