Snow tapers off, roads stay slick

Posted December 4, 2010 8:39 a.m. EST
Updated December 8, 2010 10:30 a.m. EST

— Saturday’s brush of winter weather was brief, but it was enough to blanket the Triangle and Central North Carolina with a layer of snow and cause conditions to make traveling the roads dangerous.

Anywhere from approximately a half inch to 1 inch of snow fell across the Triangle, with parts of Durham reporting 2 inches of precipitation, WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said. Have snow in your area? Send us a picture or video.

Officials in Orange County reported more than 30 crashes on Interstates 40 and 85 since the snowfall began around noontime. In Raleigh, police reported no major wrecks.

Temperatures hovered above the 32-degree freezing mark in many areas Saturday evening, Deaner said, and were expected to eventually drop in the upper 20s overnight into Sunday.

“That means the roads will be slippery,” she said.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation sent crews out to spread sand and salt on bridges and overpasses, which are highly susceptible to freezing.

The DOT and police in Raleigh also issued a warning to motorists Saturday evening, urging them to stay off the roads, if possible, and to use caution and reduce speed if they do have to drive.

A winter weather advisory was in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday for most of central and northeastern North Carolina, with 1-2 inches of snow predicted before the storm system producing the precipitation moves out of the state.

The snow won’t last long.

Warmer temperatures are expected Sunday, with highs in the low- to mid-40s.

The outlook for the work week includes partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s and temperatures dropping to the low to mid-20s.

Warmer temperatures are expected for the weekend with highs in the low to mid-50s Friday and Saturday.

Progress Energy reported a little more than 200 outages Saturday evening due to tree limbs falling on power lines in Zebulon.

About four dozen customers were also without power briefly, but it wasn’t clear if weather was to blame for those.