Triangle could face more slippery weather Monday; low of 16 forecast

From Staff ReportsMarch 2, 2014 

— A cold front heading toward the Triangle on Sunday night brought National Weather Service predictions of rain beginning late Monday morning, followed by the possibility of traffic-stalling sleet during the afternoon.

The prediction would mean an abrupt return to winter after a spring-like Sunday that had people bring out their summery clothes and hopeful attitudes.

“We’re expecting maybe a quarter inch of sleet during the afternoon hours, just enough to make it pretty slow, even slick in spots,” meteorologist Nick Petro said.

By 9 p.m. Sunday, Chatham County schools spokesman Lori Carlin had already sent out a warning to parents that tomorrow’s sailing might not be smooth.

“The special update from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration at 8 p.m. Sunday evening, indicated the arrival of a rain/snow/sleet mixture and freezing temperatures between 1:00-3:00 p.m., in which case, student dismissal could be as early as 11:30 a.m.,” Carlin wrote. “We will make every effort to give ample notice for any schedule changes.​”

Wake County schools had not made any announcement about the weather by 11 p.m.

The forecast for Monday night was calling for chances of snow and sleet before 10 p.m., with a chance of precipitation of 50 percent and a low temperature of about 16 degrees.

 

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