If anyone missed the effect of the Northeast blizzard on air travel, then the 105 canceled flights into and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday made the message clear: Don't go.
The website FlightAware.com showed 51 inbound and 54 outbound RDU flights canceled before the sun even rose as travel to and from Boston, the New York City area and Philadelphia was halted while the blizzard churned up the coast.
In the Triangle, people who were up very early spotted a few snowflakes about 5 a.m.
Farther north, schools in Granville, Henderson and Vance counties called a two-hour delay because of flurries that the National Weather Service said were sticking on grass and some elevated surfaces.
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“As temperatures approach freezing there could be a few icy spots mainly on bridges and overpasses, but these will be very isolated,” the weather service said of counties north and northeast of the Triangle.