Wake schools delayed

from staff reportsJanuary 7, 2010 

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This was the scene earlier this month when state highway crews applied a brine solution in preparation for a possible overnight snowfall. Similar preparations were being made today all over the Triangle in anticipation of a wintry mix this weekend, perhaps beginning as early as Friday evening.

STAFF FILE PHOTO BY SHAWN ROCCO — srocco@newsobserver.com

Winter roared into the Triangle this week with extreme cold and fierce winds. The only frosty facet missing from the frigid mix was snow.

Tonight, that could change, especially to the east of the Triangle.

The National Weather Service says there's a chance of snow in the Triangle, probably starting late. Less than an inch is expected, so there's probably no reason to rush out for the bread and milk just yet.

Wake, Johnston and Harnett county public schools have announced that they will operate on a two-hour delay Friday morning. Wake Tech will open at 10 a.m.

The system expected to bring the snow is a little different from most winter weather in the Triangle. Usually, the farther west you go, the more snow. But this time, the area just to the east of Interstate 95 is expected to get the most snow - as much as an inch - with lesser amounts west toward the Triangle and Triad, said Ryan Ellis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

Lingering snow flurries could continue into Friday morning, Ellis said. After that, clear skies are expected for the weekend.

But the cold temperatures aren't going anywhere until at least Monday. Lows in the teens are in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday nights.

But by Tuesday, the afternoon highs could rise to near 50.

"That's approaching our normal," Ellis said. "But with the cold we've had recently, that will feel warm to us."

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