RALEIGH — Overnight temperatures just below freezing and icy precipitation that began falling Monday afternoon are expected to make the Triangles Tuesday morning commute hazardous, especially on bridges and overpasses where accumulations are likely.
Icy conditions were making for dangerous driving in the Triangle on Monday night. A traffic crash caused the shutdown of southbound lanes of Interstate 85 at its intersection with U.S. 70 near Durham, and officials warned that bridges and overpasses were particularly vulnerable to icing as a wintry precipitation fell over the area.
Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools have announced a three-hour delay for Tuesdays classes. Johnston and Franklin schools will be delayed two hours.
The National Weather Service has extended its winter weather advisory for most of the Triangle counties until noon Tuesday, before afternoon temperatures climb to about 40 degrees.
Department of Transportation and local governments prepared trucks to distribute salt and sand before dawn Tuesday if accumulations warranted. Wake County officials said their trucks would roll about 4 a.m. if needed.
This last slap of winter should be a distant memory by Friday as skies are forecast to clear and temperatures rise as high as 70 degrees.
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