Schools announce delays as wintry mix rolls into the Triangle overnight

Staff writerFebruary 22, 2013 

  • School today?

    Durham Public Schools: 3-hour delay

    Franklin County: 2-hour delay.

    Johnston County: 2-hour delay.

    Orange County: 3-hour delay.

    Wake County: 3-hour delay

    Chapel Hill-Carrboro: No announcement at press time.

— A winter weather advisory overnight meant residents of the Triangle and areas north of Raleigh could be waking up today to icy roads and some delayed school openings.

Cold air pushing south from Canada was expected to drop temperatures to the low 30s through Friday, according to National Weather Service at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Whether the Triangle sees rain or ice will depend on whether the temperatures hover just above or drop below freezing early Friday.

Friday’s precipitation is a remnant of the massive storm that dropped up to a foot of snow on the Midwest, and although the National Weather Service issued winter advisories for the area until 10 a.m. Friday, local forecasters said Thursday that they do not expect a major winter event.

As much as an inch of frozen precipitation of some sort could accumulate west of the Triangle overnight, but the local area is likely to see only a dusting in northern portions, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will warm up quickly by midmorning, but will not rise beyond the low- to mid-40s, about 10 degrees below average, according to ABC-11 Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann.

Light precipitation will continue throughout the Triangle Friday afternoon and evening.

Thick fog will blanket the area Saturday morning, but it will burn off as temperatures rise quickly into the mid-50s by the afternoon.

Rain is expected to last most of the day on Saturday, with some sunshine moving in late.

Sunday is forecast to see clear skies with temperatures rising to 60 degrees.

That moderate weather should last through Monday morning before rain moves back into the area.

As always, warnings are up that road surfaces on bridges, wrapped in cold air, will freeze before other surfaces.

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