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Triangle residents make the most of their snow day

Dads and dogs drag sledders in Cary

A bike-riding dad pulls his two kids while a dog pulls his owner in sledding action at Bond Park in Cary as the winter storm brought just enough snow to the area on Saturday morning, Jan. 7, 2017.
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A bike-riding dad pulls his two kids while a dog pulls his owner in sledding action at Bond Park in Cary as the winter storm brought just enough snow to the area on Saturday morning, Jan. 7, 2017.

Some parts of the Triangle got a few inches of snow and some an icy mixture, but most managed to have fun Saturday with whatever they got.

The heaviest snows occurred north and west of Interstate 85, and places like Raleigh and the southern parts of Durham didn’t get snow until the sun rose on Saturday. But the light powder coating was enough to turn Raleigh roads into sledding superhighways.

Near the corner of Dixie Trail and Wade Avenue, Emily Carson, her husband, Brec, their three children and a neighbor trooped through the slushy mix of snow and sleet to sled down some of the quiet neighborhood’s streets.

Carson said she woke up a bit disappointed to see green grass and black asphalt peeking out from a thick layer of icy sleet, but her children didn’t seem to mind as they scooted down hills on sleds she bought yesterday.

“We didn’t go sledding last year,” said Carson’s 9-year-old daughter Clara. “Then we get to have hot chocolate. I really love to go sledding.”

At Dorothea Dix Park, Damien Sykes, his two sons, daughter and fiance Amy Rhodes — who will become his wife on Monday — went snowboarding and sledding on some of the area’s large hills.

Damien Sykes and his sons, Devin, 5, and Damien Jr, 7, woke up Jan. 7, 2017, to find not as much snow as they expected, but enough to sled and snowboard at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, NC.

This is just enough for us to get a little fun and make the best of it.

Damien Sykes

Sykes said he also peered out the window after waking up and said he wasn’t sorry that there was about 1 inch of snow on the ground instead of 6. The owner of Triple D Mobile Detailing said his work dries up when the weather is cold and snowy.

“This is just enough for us to get a little fun and make the best of it,” Sykes said.

The steep hills at Cary’s Bond Park, near the Prestonwood Country Club, are typically a hotbed for sledding, but some people didn’t need a hill Saturday morning to have fun.

Jessica Schore sat on a sled as her 1-year-old dog Marlo pulled her along the the ice-covered grass. Schore said Marlo was having “the best day ever.”

Meanwhile, Nathan May, 9, and his sister Vivian, 7, got a tow from their dad, Bob, who pulled their sleds through the snow-dusted park with his mountain bike.

Staff photojournalist Travis Long rode alongside of sledding children, including his own son Henry, at Powell GT Magnet Elementary School Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C.

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In South Durham, longtime pals Grace Driver and Isabel Kagen went to bed Friday night thinking there would be 8 inches of snow on the ground.

The 13-year-olds awoke to little more than a couple of inches, but supported by a sturdy layer of sleet and ice underneath.

Out they went with a plastic sled to a small hill alongside Fenwick Parkway, one of the entrances to their Fairfield neighborhood. They did a few runs.

Up the road, the big hill beckoned. At night after winter blasts, the parkway ices over and becomes about as close to an Olympic bobsled run as a kid can get. It’s steep and has a sweeping curve. Those who can’t hew to it are destined for a ravine along the parkway.

The two friends call it “deathsledding.” (Not quite: Adults serve as spotters, keeping the kids safe from traffic and responding to wipeouts.)

Grace and Isabel have known each other since they were toddlers, so they finish each other’s sentences. Here’s how they describe the ride:

Isabel: “So it gets icy and scary...”

Grace: “And we ride down the hill...”

Isabel: “And we wear helmets...”

Grace: “So we don’t die.

Some who ventured out in the 2 inches of snow that fell through the morning in Chapel Hill were in search of sleds, shovels and salt to put on icy stoops and driveways.

They didn’t notice the handwritten sign on the entrance to the Town and Country hardware store in Timberlyne shopping center that said all three items were sold out.

Brendan Holly, a Chapel Hill High School senior working at the cash register, said many had come into the store unaware of the sign on the door.

“We’ve had to turn them away,” Holly said. “And we even overstocked. They went like hotcakes.”

Watch as the sun sets at Dorothea Dix during winter storm Helena Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C.

Tyler Pittman, 12 "snow surfs" in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Garner, N.C.

Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory posted a video on his Facebook page from his Charlotte, N.C. home telling North Carolinians “don’t put your stupid hat on and take care of your pets.”

John Hansen, Ethan Hyman, Dan Kane, Anne Blythe and Martha Quillin contributed to this report.

NC snow and sleet totals

These unofficial observations were taken during the winter storm that crossed North Carolina Jan. 7-8, 2017.

Location County Inches Time Date
5 N BURLINGTONALAMANCE8720 AM7-Jan
BURLINGTONALAMANCE71115 AM7-Jan
3 NNE MEBANEALAMANCE7700 AM7-Jan
ELON COLLEGEALAMANCE7800 AM7-Jan
1 SE ELON COLLEGEALAMANCE7800 AM7-Jan
MEBANEALAMANCE7800 AM7-Jan
9 SSE HAW RIVERALAMANCE6.5800 AM7-Jan
HAW RIVERALAMANCE6.5700 AM7-Jan
1 SE GRAHAMALAMANCE5700 AM7-Jan
1 SSW MEBANEALAMANCE51000 AM7-Jan
2 S BURLINGTONALAMANCE5700 AM7-Jan
3 SW GRAHAMALAMANCE4100 PM7-Jan
1 SSE GRAHAMALAMANCE4800 AM7-Jan
2 N SNOW CAMPALAMANCE3750 AM7-Jan
2 NNE GOLDSTONCHATHAM2930 AM7-Jan
5 NE PITTSBOROCHATHAM1.5700 AM7-Jan
4 N GOLDSTONCHATHAM1700 AM7-Jan
5 NW PITTSBOROCHATHAM0.8730 AM7-Jan
4 WNW HIGH POINTDAVIDSON101100 AM7-Jan
WELCOMEDAVIDSON91030 AM7-Jan
THOMASVILLEDAVIDSON8710 AM7-Jan
2 SSE THOMASVILLEDAVIDSON81215 PM7-Jan
4 ESE MIDWAYDAVIDSON81030 AM7-Jan
3 N WELCOMEDAVIDSON7715 AM7-Jan
MIDWAYDAVIDSON6.5625 AM7-Jan
LEXINGTONDAVIDSON61040 AM7-Jan
BAHAMADURHAM81245 PM7-Jan
5 N DURHAMDURHAM71100 AM7-Jan
4 NW PARKWOODDURHAM41115 AM7-Jan
2 N DURHAMDURHAM3215 PM7-Jan
4 W DURHAMDURHAM2.5930 AM7-Jan
1 NW DURHAMDURHAM2.2700 AM7-Jan
3 N DURHAMDURHAM2.2720 AM7-Jan
3 SW DURHAMDURHAM2835 AM7-Jan
1 SW PARKWOODDURHAM1.51000 AM7-Jan
5 SW DURHAMDURHAM1815 AM7-Jan
3 SE CHAPEL HILLDURHAM1700 AM7-Jan
1 WSW PRINCEVILLEEDGECOMBE5700 AM7-Jan
3 NNW LEWISVILLEFORSYTH101215 PM7-Jan
CLEMMONSFORSYTH8800 AM7-Jan
2 N KERNERSVILLEFORSYTH8239 PM7-Jan
KERNERSVILLEFORSYTH81130 AM7-Jan
2 SW PFAFFTOWNFORSYTH7.51125 AM7-Jan
LEWISVILLEFORSYTH7830 AM7-Jan
3 N LEWISVILLEFORSYTH71145 AM7-Jan
WALKERTOWNFORSYTH71002 AM7-Jan
RURAL HALLFORSYTH7800 AM7-Jan
4 N LEWISVILLEFORSYTH6.8830 AM7-Jan
WINSTON-SALEMFORSYTH6.5800 AM7-Jan
6 W WINSTON-SALEMFORSYTH6.5800 AM7-Jan
4 W PFAFFTOWNFORSYTH6.41241 PM7-Jan
LOUISBURGFRANKLIN1800 AM7-Jan
2 NE YOUNGSVILLEFRANKLIN0.5700 AM7-Jan
11 SSE LOUISBURGFRANKLIN0.5700 AM7-Jan
4 NNW WAKE FORESTFRANKLIN0.3630 AM7-Jan
BUNNFRANKLIN0.21107 AM7-Jan
5 N ZEBULONFRANKLIN0.2700 AM7-Jan
OXFORDGRANVILLE71230 PM7-Jan
3 WSW OXFORDGRANVILLE5.2700 AM7-Jan
STOVALLGRANVILLE51100 AM7-Jan
2 S OAK RIDGEGUILFORD11130 PM7-Jan
1 NNW GREENSBOROGUILFORD101100 AM7-Jan
3 SW MONTICELLOGUILFORD9.51250 PM7-Jan
3 ENE SUMMERFIELDGUILFORD91115 AM7-Jan
GREENSBOROGUILFORD91036 AM7-Jan
MCLEANSVILLEGUILFORD9630 AM7-Jan
SUMMERFIELDGUILFORD91045 AM7-Jan
2 WSW GREENSBOROGUILFORD91245 PM7-Jan
2 WSW HIGH POINTGUILFORD91230 PM7-Jan
2 SSE SUMMERFIELDGUILFORD91245 PM7-Jan
HIGH POINTGUILFORD8.51245 PM7-Jan
4 SSE SUMMERFIELDGUILFORD8800 AM7-Jan
PLEASANT GARDENGUILFORD8815 AM7-Jan
GIBSONVILLEGUILFORD8730 AM7-Jan
3 S PIEDMONT TRIADGUILFORD81215 PM7-Jan
3 SSW LAKE TOWNSENDGUILFORD81130 AM7-Jan
3 WSW LAKE TOWNSENDGUILFORD8935 AM7-Jan
1 SSE HIGH POINTGUILFORD81200 PM7-Jan
3 NW BROWNS SUMMITGUILFORD8700 AM7-Jan
5 NNE GREENSBOROGUILFORD7.5700 AM7-Jan
7 S GREENSBOROGUILFORD7.5800 AM7-Jan
4 S LAKE TOWNSENDGUILFORD7630 AM7-Jan
2 SSW OAK RIDGEGUILFORD6.5700 AM7-Jan
PIEDMONT TRIAD AIRPGUILFORD5700 AM7-Jan
5 WNW ROANOKE RAPIDSHALIFAX4700 AM7-Jan
1 NE ROANOKE RAPIDSHALIFAX4700 AM7-Jan
ROANOKE RAPIDSHALIFAX2625 AM7-Jan
2 ENE BUIES CREEKHARNETT1200 PM7-Jan
3 ENE SEMINOLEHARNETT11000 AM7-Jan
ESE COATSHARNETT0.5800 AM7-Jan
2 W LILLINGTONHARNETT0.5715 AM7-Jan
3 SE PINEVIEWHARNETT0.5830 AM7-Jan
COATSHARNETT0.51000 AM7-Jan
4 SSW ANGIERHARNETTT500 AM7-Jan
2 S EMITJOHNSTON11145 AM7-Jan
3 ESE CLAYTONJOHNSTON1300 AM7-Jan
1 N CLAYTONJOHNSTON0.5115 PM7-Jan
7 NW KENLYJOHNSTON0.51029 AM7-Jan
CLAYTONJOHNSTON0.4810 AM7-Jan
1 S BENSONJOHNSTON0.4215 PM7-Jan
BENSONJOHNSTON0.4700 AM7-Jan
WHISPERING PINESMOORE1.11200 PM7-Jan
5 N EFLANDORANGE6.5230 PM7-Jan
4 NNW EFLANDORANGE6.5700 AM7-Jan
5 N HILLSBOROUGHORANGE6950 AM7-Jan
7 NE HILLSBOROUGHORANGE6800 AM7-Jan
6 NNW HILLSBOROUGHORANGE6136 PM7-Jan
7 WNW DURHAMORANGE6700 AM7-Jan
7 NW HILLSBOROUGHORANGE6700 AM7-Jan
HILLSBOROUGHORANGE6700 AM7-Jan
EFLANDORANGE5.51105 AM7-Jan
2 NE HILLSBOROUGHORANGE5700 AM7-Jan
2 S HILLSBOROUGHORANGE3.7830 AM7-Jan
5 SSE EFLANDORANGE3845 AM7-Jan
2 N CHAPEL HILLORANGE3130 PM7-Jan
5 NNE CHAPEL HILLORANGE31030 AM7-Jan
5 ENE TEERORANGE31030 AM7-Jan
CHAPEL HILLORANGE2.5900 AM7-Jan
2 NE CHAPEL HILLORANGE2.2800 AM7-Jan
9 W CHAPEL HILLORANGE1.9730 AM7-Jan
8 N ROXBOROPERSON9610 AM7-Jan
5 N SURLPERSON81053 AM7-Jan
ROXBOROPERSON8600 AM7-Jan
3 N ROUGEMONTPERSON61235 PM7-Jan
ASHEBORORANDOLPH4.5700 AM7-Jan
6 SW ASHEBORORANDOLPH3.8700 AM7-Jan
2 E ASHEBORORANDOLPH3312 PM7-Jan
1 SSE ASHEBORORANDOLPH2.8700 AM7-Jan
SEAGROVERANDOLPH2700 AM7-Jan
1 SW ASHEBORORANDOLPH1.5700 AM7-Jan
SSW RICHFIELDSTANLY1.3800 AM7-Jan
LOCUSTSTANLY1300 AM7-Jan
4 E OAKBOROSTANLY0.2700 AM7-Jan
3 W MIDDLEBURGVANCE8700 AM7-Jan
3 WSW HENDERSONVANCE5700 AM7-Jan
WAKE FORESTWAKE3.31000 AM7-Jan
13 N RALEIGHWAKE31000 AM7-Jan
5 W YOUNGSVILLEWAKE31020 AM7-Jan
4 SW PURNELLWAKE31000 AM7-Jan
3 ESE CARYWAKE21145 AM7-Jan
4 SSE FALLS LAKEWAKE2830 AM7-Jan
8 N RALEIGHWAKE1.5710 AM7-Jan
10 N RALEIGHWAKE1.5715 AM7-Jan
5 N RALEIGHWAKE1.2745 AM7-Jan
4 NNE RALEIGHWAKE1.1800 AM7-Jan
2 SE CARYWAKE1200 PM7-Jan
MORRISVILLEWAKE1720 AM7-Jan
5 NE RALEIGHWAKE11045 AM7-Jan
4 WNW RALEIGHWAKE11140 AM7-Jan
3 E RDU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTWAKE1900 AM7-Jan
2 SE WAKE FORESTWAKE0.8943 AM7-Jan
3 S CARPENTERWAKE0.7945 AM7-Jan
2 SSE GARNERWAKE0.7800 AM7-Jan
3 E ROLESVILLEWAKE0.5830 AM7-Jan
6 ESE APEXWAKE0.5730 AM7-Jan
6 ENE HOLLY SPRINGSWAKE0.5800 AM7-Jan
WENDELLWAKE0.5745 AM7-Jan
4 NNW NEW HOPEWAKE0.5700 AM7-Jan
2 SW APEXWAKE0.4720 AM7-Jan
1 ESE HOLLY SPRINGSWAKE0.4700 AM7-Jan
RDU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTWAKE0.4700 AM7-Jan
1 SSE FUQUAY-VARINAWAKE0.41230 PM7-Jan
4 SW RALEIGHWAKE0.3730 AM7-Jan
3 ENE RALEIGHWAKE0.2700 AM7-Jan
3 E HOLLY SPRINGSWAKE0.2700 AM7-Jan
6 N NORLINAWARREN6.5700 AM7-Jan
NNW WISEWARREN5.51130 AM7-Jan
8 WNW GOLDSBOROWAYNE11200 PM7-Jan
GOLDSBOROWAYNE0.8910 AM7-Jan
5 SE KENLYWAYNE0.5900 AM7-Jan
4 E GOLDSBOROWAYNE0.4745 AM7-Jan
MOUNT OLIVEWAYNE0.21000 AM7-Jan
WILSONWILSON0.2810 AM7-Jan
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