RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Multiple school districts and universities across the central part of our state have announced that they will be closed on Friday, ahead of expected snow and ice.

A winter storm will bring several inches of snow this afternoon and evening before clearing out by Saturday morning. Black ice is a concern to start the day due to overnight moisture refreezing. Temperatures are well below freezing across the area.

Snow is in the forecast for today. A Winter Weather Advisory for most of central North Carolina is in effect through early Saturday. However, areas from Clinton to Goldsboro to Wilson to Rocky Mount and Enfield are under a Winter Storm Warning for the same time period.  The difference between the two: in the Advisory area, from 1 to 3 inches of snow will be likely. In the Warning area, snow amounts could reach 4 inches or more. Also, ice accumulations could reach ¼ of an inch in Sampson County down by Clinton southward.

Look for snow to break out mid-afternoon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. with areas south of the Triangle having sleet and some freezing rain. Those areas will transition to only snow by early evening.  The snow should taper off after midnight as skies will clear out late tonight.  Lows will drop to around 20 by Saturday morning.

The following school districts will be closed on Friday:

  • Chatham County Schools – Remote learning day for students and remote workday for staff on Friday.
  • Durham Public Schools – After-school and athletic events canceled for Thursday. Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday and there will be no remote learning.
  • Halifax County Schools – Operating under Code 0. All schools and administrative offices will be closed.
  • Harnett County Schools – Closed for students, teacher workday.
  • Johnston County Public Schools – All schools and offices will be closed for students and staff. Any after-school events on Friday or over the weekend are canceled.
  • Moore County Schools – Closed on Friday, no viritual learning.
  • Wake County Public Schools -All classes and extracurricular activities are canceled Friday and Saturday. No make-up day will be required for Friday’s classes.

The following districts will be open but not holding in-person classes:

  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will hold a remote (virtual) learning day for all students on Friday.
  • Cumberland County Schools will have an asynchronous/remote learning day.
  • Hoke County Schools will hold remote classes Friday.


  • Barton College in Wilson is closed Friday.
  • Meredith College classes will be held remotely on Friday. Employees who can work remotely can do so during all shifts on January 21.
  • N.C. State University canceled all classes for Friday.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill canceled all classes for Friday.

Saturday will be dry but cold.  Highs will just be in the middle 30s. Lows will drop into the teens Sunday morning.  Some melting will occur Sunday afternoon with sunshine and highs in the lower 40s.