Wednesday a brief respite before next weather system

From staff reportsMarch 4, 2014 

— After an icy Tuesday morning commute, Wednesday should be a brief respite.

Almost all schools will be open as usual. Only two northern counties announced delayed openings – Granville will delay two hours and Person one hour.

“It seems like the roads have really dried off quite a bit (Tuesday) so I don’t think there’s going to be much threat of another morning of black ice,” said Katie Dedeaux, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Raleigh. “That’s not to say that there couldn’t be some isolated, shaded areas (that still have ice).”

Temperatures are expected to reach near 50 under cloudy skies. Counties to the south of the Triangle could see areas of light rain.

Wake County schools announced their students will make up Tuesday’s snow day as follows:

• Traditional-calendar schools, which account for the majority of Wake’s 153,000 students, will see the end of their school year extended a day to June 12.

• Students on tracks 1, 3 and 4 at the multitrack year-round schools and the single-track year-round schools will have classes this Saturday.

• The modified-calendar students will have classes on March 12.

• The N.C. State STEM Early College and two single-sex leadership academies will hold classes March 17.

• The Wake Early College of Health and Sciences will have classes March 24.

A new weather front rolling into the Triangle on Thursday is expected to hold temperatures to around 40 or lower, bringing precipitation from the southwest.

The timing of the weather system’s arrival will be key. If the moisture arrives in the frigid morning hours, the area could see a wintery mix. If it is delayed until afternoon, forecasters are predicting a rain-only event.

 

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