Wake County

Warm week ahead to speed thaw

Riley Nogard, 3, watches rain fall during the Dixie Deer Classic at the State Fairgrounds Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C.
Riley Nogard, 3, watches rain fall during the Dixie Deer Classic at the State Fairgrounds Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. jhknight@newsobserver.com

After yet another day of winter weather in the Triangle, warmer temperatures are expected to give area residents at least a brief break from the cold.

Meteorologists say a warm front will lift northward across central North Carolina on Monday and produce mostly sunny skies and highs around 50 degrees. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s on Tuesday, before jumping to near 70 degrees on Wednesday.

“For the good part of a week, we should see temperatures more normal than we have,” said Kathleen Carroll, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “At least we will have a break for a couple of days where it feels nice.”

Significant snow and ice storms during the past two weeks complicated driving and led to school and business closures.

The latest winter event came early Sunday morning, when a period of freezing rain made travel tricky on some on-ramps, bridges and overpasses across Wake County.

Multiple wrecks were attributed to slick roads. About a dozen cars slid off an on-ramp and down and embankment near Aviation Parkway and Interstate 540. No one was injured, according to several media reports.

N.C. Department of Transportation crews couldn’t salt roads overnight on Saturday because the rain would have washed the material away. However, about 30 DOT trucks were responding to calls and applying sand to trouble spots on Sunday.

Several area churches canceled their morning services because of the latest round of winter weather. Raleigh North Christian Center on Louisburg Road canceled its 8:30 a.m. worship service but held its 11 a.m. service as scheduled. During the 11 a.m. service, church member Carlton Kornegay shoveled away snow from an entrance to the church as cars whizzed by on Louisburg.

“Fortunately, we don’t have to deal with a whole lot of this, like people who live in the Northeast do,” Kornegay said.

At Raleigh-Durham International Airport, about 22 flights were canceled and 32 were delayed as of 3 p.m. on Sunday, according to the website flightaware.com.

Carroll, the National Weather Service meteorologist, said ice accumulations across the Triangle were no more than one-tenth of an inch.

Dunn: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104.

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