Orange County reports icy spots on some roads

From staff reportsJanuary 16, 2014 

Snowflakes make for a gauzy scene on a Durham street Thursday morning.

RON GALLAGHER

— The National Weather Service warned Thursday morning of possible frozen bridge surfaces on area roads as temperatures sank and rain and snow fell in many places.

Several icy spots were reported in Orange County, and emergency services dispatchers called for state Department of Transportation trucks to apply sand and salt there.

There were scattered reports of snow sticking on grassy surfaces in northern communities and in Zebulon in Wake County, but wet road surfaces were the main concern.

Temperatures fell from the mid-30s overnight, and forecasters reminded drivers that bridges, with cold air above and below them, freeze before the highway surfaces on either side.

In Durham and Orange counties, drivers may have felt they were in a science-fiction movie as headlights reflecting off heavy snowflakes gave the impression of rushing through space.

Orange County officials reported a few overnight wrecks, including one in which a driver was reported to have been thrown from a vehicle, but it was not clear if those were weather related.

Temperatures were forecast to rise into the 40s during the day, and skies were expected to clear as colder air moved into the state from the west during Thursday.

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