RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Snow started to fall in central North Carolina Friday afternoon and it won’t stop until after midnight with several inches expected.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for most of central North Carolina through early Saturday where higher impact weather is expected. However, areas northwest of Raleigh are still in a Winter Weather Advisory for the same time period with lesser impacts expected. Travel will be impacted in most all of central North Carolina.

The difference between the two: in the Advisory area, from 1 to 3 inches of snow will be likely, depending on the location. In the Warning area, snow amounts could reach over 3 inches and up to 5 inches or more in some places. The exception to the Warning area for snow is Sampson County, where it will be ice accumulations that could reach ¼ of an inch in southern Sampson County, south of Clinton.

The snow started to fall after 3 p.m. Friday and become more widespread by evening Friday with areas south of the Triangle having sleet and some freezing rain to start.

The snow should taper off after midnight as skies will clear out late tonight.  Lows will drop to around 20 by Saturday morning.

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.