Wake County may see snow flurries Friday, and the snow may accumulate up to an inch and be mixed with sleet in the eastern Triangle and beyond, weather forecasters said.
The prediction prompted Johnston County schools to announce an 11 a.m. closing and cancel all after-school activities.
The National Weather Service posted a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. for Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties and on to the east, northeast and southeast.
The greatest chance for snow accumulation is east of Interstate 95, the advisory said.
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In Wake County, the Friday forecast was for a 60 percent chance of snow and sleet until about 5 p.m. and then snow, sleet and rain. There could be total of a half-inch when it all ends, the weather service said.
In Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, the forecast was for a less-than-50-percent chance of mixed precipitation.
In Durham, forecasters said the possibilities were for a snow-sleet-rain mix before mid-afternoon, then snow and sleet until around 5 p.m., and then rain mixing back in.
On the western side of the Triangle, the guess was for snow until about 2 p.m., then snow rain and sleet for a couple of hours and then snow and sleet before it all ends. There was little or no accumulation expected.
The clouds were expected to break up overnight Friday, clearing the way for sunny days and clear skies Saturday night and lots of cold, cold air.
High temperatures predicted for Saturday and Sunday were around the freezing mark, and morning lows were set at the low 20s for Saturday, the mid-tens Sunday and the low 20s on Monday.
Then, it’s all wet. Snow is on tap for Monday and rain for Monday night and Tuesday. By Tuesday, though, high temperatures are set to get back into the low 50s.