Snow flurries fly in N.C.

Posted February 6, 2010 6:27 a.m. EST
Updated February 6, 2010 6:14 p.m. EST

— A quick-moving storm system delighted residents across central North Carolina with snow flurries from late Saturday morning through the mid-afternoon.

North Carolinians woke to cold, wind and a patchy drizzle, but by 10 a.m., WRAL viewers were reporting flurries. The heaviest snow fell in Person, Franklin, Granville and Vance counties, but mostly didn't stick to the ground. Flurries fluttered from Raleigh and Durham south to Pinehurst and Spring Lake and east to Clayton and Rocky Mount.

Light flurries fell in north Raleigh, off Durant Road, around 11 a.m. A viewer said that flurries started falling at Carver Street in Durham around 9 a.m., then changed to a moderate snow shower around 10:45 a.m.

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"We are getting a good dusting at 65000 Wake Forest Highway (off Creedmoor Road," viewers Larry and Dawn Kornegay wrote at 11:58 a.m. "Staying warm inside, having some hot chocolate! ... Go Saints!"

"Big fluffy flakes – nice snow shower!" viewer Tim Short described the situation in Carthage at 9:58 a.m.

"It's snowing big flakes here in Pinehurst!!!" viewer Meredith Hall wrote at 10 a.m.

The threat of inclement weather didn't cancel snow make-up days for students in Wake and Johnston counties, but ACT testing at East Chapel Hill High School was postponed. The testing hasn't yet been rescheduled. (See all closings and delays.)

The flurries tapered off in the mid-afternoon, but drivers should keep an eye for slick spots on the roads, particularly on bridges and overpasses, meteorologists warned.

"Any moisture left on the roads as we drop down into the 20s overnight could turn into black ice in spots. We'll be looking for that Sunday morning," Moss said.

Meanwhile, meteorologists are also keeping an eye on rising rivers.

Several rivers are nearing or have risen past flood stage: the Neuse River at Smithfield and Clayton, the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, the Lumber River near Lumberton, the Tar River at Greenville and the Haw and Dan rivers in Halifax County. Flooding could occur in Smithfield Town Park, near the U.S. Highway 70 bridge.

The National Weather Service has issued Flood Advisories for numerous counties.

Sunday will bring some relief from the wintry weather. The high will be around 41 degrees.

"Tomorrow, high pressure pretty much dominates, and we will have lots of sun to finish the weekend," Moss said.