Light snow began falling in the Triangle Sunday morning but it shouldn’t affect Monday’s drive to work and school.
The National Weather Service forecast showed warm ground temperatures, which likely will keep much of the snow from sticking as the system moves east. Much of the snow in the Triangle had disappeared by about noon.
No Triangle school systems had announced Monday delays or cancellations as of about 1 p.m. Sunday.
A dry air mass over central North Carolina evaporated much of the precipitation before it reached the ground Sunday morning, according to the weather service, but some snow stuck to grassy areas and trees in the Triangle.
Roads remained clear. N.C. Emergency Management tweeted late Sunday morning that while Monday’s commute should be clear, drivers should still be cautious on bridges and overpasses.
The N.C. Department of Transportation began brining roads as a precaution during the week and with temperatures above freezing, NCDOT spokesman Steve Abbott said Sunday that roads should remain ice free.
“Still, the roads are wet so drivers need to be careful,” he said. “Tomorrow morning there may be a few slick spots where the roads didn't dry out today, although with sun expected this afternoon they should be mostly dry.”
Any flight delays at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport were due to weather elsewhere and not the light snow that the Triangle saw, airport spokesman Andrew Sawyer said Sunday afternoon.
Temperatures in Raleigh were expected to reach highs in the mid 40s Sunday and the snow was supposed to end around noon, giving way to mostly sunny skies. But Sunday night was expected to be below freezing at 28 degrees.
The weather service was busy collecting snow totals Sunday afternoon but early reports showed about .3 inches of snow in Raleigh.
The weather service expected the system to track east toward the coast. Some snow could stick to bridges and grassy areas in the southeastern areas of the state, mainly south of U.S. 70.
Monday’s high will be above freezing at 45 degrees, but rain is likely, mainly after 3 p.m. and was expected to continue into Monday night when the low will dip to about 37 degrees.
Tuesday was expected to be slightly warmer, near 50 degrees but the low could reach 26 degrees. Much of the week is expected to have highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s but no more precipitation was expected until Saturday.
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