Snow delays opening of Johnston, Harnett schools

From Staff ReportsFebruary 10, 2011 

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A Chick-fil-A cow waves to passing cars this morning as snow falls on Six Forks Road in Raleigh this morning. The mascot was on hand for the release of the new iPhone 4 at the Verizon Wireless store in North Hills.

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A few area public school systems, including Johnston and Harnett, are opening on a two-hour delay today, but the Triangle isn't likely to get more than a dusting to a half-inch of snow as a winter storm moves through the area.

A small amount of sleet began falling in the Triangle about 11 p.m. Wednesday but then dried up until about 5 this morning, when a few flakes of snow began falling, the National Weather Service said.

The snow is expected to end in the Triangle by mid-morning, weather service meteorologist Barrett Smith said. Morning commuters shouldn't run into any problems beyond the pavement being wet.

"We're not expecting any major issues on roadways," he said.

Areas to the east and west of the Triangle may get more snow. Smith said northeast of here from Rocky Mount to the Outer Banks, an inch of snow has already fallen. West of the Triangle, snow is sticking on grassy surfaces.

The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for Wake, Harnett, Johnston and Franklin counties and points east. Areas from Greenville and Kinston to the coast are under a winter storm warning and could see anywhere from 1 to 4 inches, according to the weather service.

As a precaution, Johnston County schools are opening on a two-hour delay this morning. All teachers and staff should report at their regular time unless travel conditions are unsafe, in which case they should contact their principal or department supervisor. Early and middle colleges will operate on a regular schedule.

Harnett County schools will operate on a 2-hour delay for students and 10-month employees. Twelve-month employees should report at their normal hour. Hot breakfasts will not be served to students, but cold breakfast foods will be available.

Other major weather-related delays are here.

The state Department of Transportation says its crews have been spreading brine on bridges in the Triangle and will remain on standby to deal with snow or icy spots.

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