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Triangle will not see all-night snow

Posted December 18, 2009 5:17 a.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2009 10:20 p.m. EST

— Another round of snow and sleet was quickly turning into rain over central North Carolina Friday night. Warm air was expected to continue to push the snow boundary north, away from the Triangle, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Snow was reported at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and in some areas of Raleigh around 6 p.m., WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

“The further west you go, the longer it will take to turn from snow to rain,” Fishel said.

Images: Forecast models show where snow, rain might fall.

“It is not going to snow all night in the Triangle. There is just too much warm air coming in,” Fishel said.

Rain will continue to fall over Raleigh through the night and into Saturday.

“The part of the story that is overlooked is that some areas could see up to an inch of rain from this,” WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnston said.

Snow began early, faded quickly

Early Friday afternoon, WRAL viewers reported widespread snow that did not stick around.

"Big, beautiful snowflakes have been falling in Johnston County," wrote Amy Holland, of Angier.

"Some mixing is occurring and then back to snowflakes."

"We live on the Clayton side of Garner and have been seeing for the last 15 minutes HUGE flakes mixed with sleet and smaller flakes," wrote viewer Shay Miller.

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The chance for accumulation remained Friday night west of Durham. “Places like Roxboro and Hillsborough could see a couple of inches accumulate,” Johnson said.

The western Triangle – including Durham, Orange and Chatham counties – is under a winter storm warning, while the eastern Triangle – including Wake County – is under a winter weather advisory.

In Person County, some areas reported up to 7 inches of snow.

Saturday to start out wet

By Saturday morning, the temperature will be hovering around the freezing mark, but the substantial precipitation should diminish, Fishel said.

By mid-morning, only “nuisance” drizzle or flurries will be in the air.

Fishel warned that temperatures would drop Saturday evening, turning any remaining moisture on roadways to black ice.

The storm is expected to bring up to 20 inches of snow through late Saturday in the Washington metro area and the mountains of southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia.