RALEIGH — Highway maintenance crews from three nearby counties rolled into Wake County on Friday to help clean up the remnants of this week’s snow storm.
They wanted to make sure parents and school buses would not have to worry about lingering hazards Saturday when the county’s year-round schools open for a makeup day, after four days off.
It wasn’t enough.
Citing “continuing hazardous driving conditions,” school officials canceled the Saturday makeup day for year-round students, and rescheduled it next Saturday, Feb. 8.
Fifteen Department of Transportation maintenance trucks and drivers from Durham, Vance and Person counties helped local DOT crews scrape and salt secondary roads in rural Wake County. Neighboring counties had finished cleaning up most of their snow, but Wake still had many miles of icy roads.
Raleigh police said Friday morning they briefly closed some streets where packed ice from Tuesday night’s snowstorm was still causing trouble, but all streets were open Friday afternoon.
Police reported particular problems with a section of South East Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, south of downtown, and Everett Avenue, a few blocks north of N.C. State University. There were no reports of injuries in accidents where cars slid off icy streets.
Warmer, sunny weather helped speed the snow cleanup Friday, which saw Triangle temperatures climbing to 49 degrees after a week of sub-freezing temperatures. The melting will continue through the weekend, when temperatures reach the mmid-50s on Saturday and the mid-60s on Sunday.