Weather

Snow moves north, freezing rain creeps into Triangle

Posted January 10, 2011 5:16 a.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2011 4:33 a.m. EST

— Triangle residents only saw traces of snowfall Monday, but southern counties were hit with up to 6 inches. Precipitation shifted from snow to sleet and freezing rain Monday night, which may make for an icy morning commute throughout central North Carolina.

"We see a myriad of precipitation across the area with snow in Roanoke Rapids and Louisburg to freezing drizzle at Raleigh Durham International Airport," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Throughout the night, Maze said, snow is expected to gradually change from a snow-sleet mix to freezing rain and eventually to freezing drizzle around daybreak Tuesday.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said freezing drizzle could create icy patches on the roads, but it won't accumulate enough to cause massive power outages.

Several school districts, including Chatham, Hoke, Cumberland, Harnett and Moore counties, cancelled Tuesday classes in anticipation of icy roads. Wake and Durham schools planned to open Tuesday, but on a two-hour delay.

Flakes started falling in Apex and Holly Springs around 3 p.m., and in Raleigh at 4 p.m. but Triangle residents only saw a light dusting by evening.

"A lot of folks have seen snow today, but it's been a devil of a time trying to get it in the Triangle," said Maze.

Snow fell across parts of western and central North Carolina around dawn Monday, and areas along the coast and south of Fayetteville saw some accumulation.

Six to seven inches fell in and around Laurinburg, 5 inches in Raeford and Rockingham, and about 4 inches in Aberdeen and Southern Pines.

Authorities said snowfall totaled 3 inches in Fayetteville, but the WRAL WeatherCenter received numerous unofficial reports that some parts of Fayetteville received 6 inches.