Tuesday’s relatively warm weather wasn’t enough to put all Triangle schools back on normal schedules.
The continued threat of slippery roads has prompted Durham, Orange, Chatham and Franklin county schools to open two hours late on Wednesday. Wake County, which opened schools three hours late on Tuesday, has not announced a delay on Wednesday.
Temperatures topped out at 60 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, helping to melt the ice and snow that fell over the weekend. But some patches remain in shady areas and in the western Triangle, where more snow fell. Morning lows Wednesday are expected to remain in the low 40s, so additional freezing is not expected.
Duke Energy’s outage map showed a return to normal on Tuesday, with only a few scattered customers without power in the morning. That was a normal day after several days of round-the-clock work to repair damage done by ice over the weekend.
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Schools were hoping for much-improved morning road conditions after some closed for a second day Tuesday. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools had planned to be among the late-openers Tuesday, but called off classes when roads turned out to be in worse shape than expected. Durham schools were closed Tuesday, as were Orange County and Chatham County schools. Johnston County schools went ahead on a regular schedule.
There were no major pile-ups or serious injuries reported because of the black ice Tuesday, but there were scattered wrecks and some overturned vehicles because the invisible ice on road surfaces surprised drivers.
The weather service forecast called for rain Tuesday night and into early Wednesday. There’s another slight chance of rain early Thursday morning, when temperatures will dip again near freezing.