Ice threat abates as temperatures rise in Triangle

rgallagher@newsobserver.comFebruary 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.

— Rain arrived right on schedule in the Triangle early Friday, but temperatures hovered high enough that roads were wet rather than icy.

Students got to sleep in regardless because officials in most school systems in the area had decided Thursday night to open late rather than take a chance on tough conditions for buses.

According to National Weather Service readings, 32 was as low as air temperatures got before they began rising after 7 a.m., and forecasters said the air mass that produced the steady rain also was warming the atmosphere at upper levels and largely keeping sleet or snow from staying frozen as it fell.

A winter weather advisory that had been posted overnight was set to expire at 10 a.m.

“As we go through the morning, we’ll have spotty showers working through by lunchtime,” WTVD meteorologist Don Schwenneker said.

Showers were possible Friday night, too, Schwenneker said, while Saturday will likely have steadier rain, mostly in the morning.

The State Highway Patrol in Raleigh and the state Department of Transportation reported no unusual highway problems Friday morning.

Friday’s precipitation was a remnant of the massive storm that dropped up to a foot of snow on the Midwest.

Thick fog was expected to blanket the area Saturday morning, but 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.

For the latest conditions and updated forecasts, go to our weather center.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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