Schools delayed, flurries fly

Posted February 10, 2011 5:17 a.m. EST
Updated February 10, 2011 9:46 a.m. EST

— Flurries and light snow fell throughout the Thursday morning commute, dusting central and eastern North Carolina with a quickly melting coating of white.

Dozens of school systems delayed opening, but the morning commute went by without major problems.

Anywhere from a trace to a half-inch of snow fell across the Triangle, while the coast got heavier accumulations, including 3 inches in Dare County. 

"We’ve got a gorgeous dusting of snow in Raleigh,"  WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We’ve got a beautiful dusting across most of the viewing area."

Snowfall, though, stopped around the Triangle by mid-morning and lingered in the coastal plain for a little longer.

"Once that snow has stopped, it melts pretty quickly," Gardner said.

Sunshine will replace clouds by noon, and temperatures will get up into the mid 40s Thursday afternoon.

After the storm, high pressure will set in, bringing sun and slowly warming temperatures.

Temperatures will dip into the teens Thursday night but rebound to the upper 40s Friday. Spring-like highs are on tap through the weekend.