Snow storm zipping out of N.C.

Posted February 13, 2010 4:36 a.m. EST
Updated February 13, 2010 5:54 p.m. EST

— Wet, fluffy snow blanketed central and coastal North Carolina overnight, but the steady fall of precipitation tapered off Saturday morning as the system quickly moved off shore.

"By the middle of the morning or at least by lunchtime if you are in the far eastern part of the viewing area, we should see the tail end of the storm," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

The heaviest snow fell farther south and east of Raleigh with Clinton getting about 5 inches, Goldsboro and Wilmington receiving about 4 inches; and southern Wake County 3 inches.

About 2 inches was reported in Raleigh, 2.5 inches in Fayetteville and a half-inch in Chapel Hill and Roxboro.

Gardner said that the sun should come out quickly after the snow ends Saturday. High temperatures will be in the mid-30s to low 40s.

"The snow is so wet and fluffy, it's probably going to melt quickly," Gardner said.

There could be some freezing overnight though, she said, as temperatures dip into the lower 20s.

"There could be a lot more slick spots Sunday morning, depending on how much the roads dry quickly," she said.

The next weather system will roll through Monday night into Tuesday morning. It will most likely give rain to central and eastern North Carolina, although a few flurries could fly near the Virginia border.