Snow falls across central NC overnight, 3″+ reported in some areas


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Snow fell overnight across central North Carolina with accumulations occurring on mainly grassy surfaces.

Amounts have ranged from 1 to almost 5 inches in areas northeast of the Triangle.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of central North Carolina through 8 a.m. Thursday. The advisory was issued to caution for the possibility of hazardous travel overnight and early Thursday morning. The only places not in the advisory is the Sandhills.

The accumulating snow will end by sunrise, but temperatures will stay around freezing until after 8 a.m.

The Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning for the Virginia border counties continued until 8 a.m. Some slick roads were reported in the viewing area.

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Four other times this winter we’ve had snowflakes fall in the Triangle and each time we’ve only got a trace of snow.

This is a situation where the cold air was chasing the moisture and those situations rarely produce big snow events, so it wasn’t expected that we would get up to 4 inches in places.

Another reason why we didn’t get more snow is because of snow melting on contact. Sunshine and warmer temperatures during the afternoon Wednesday will melt a lot of the snow that hits area roads. Roads in the area on Thursday morning were wet and a little slushy, but overall not bad.

The rest of the day will have clearing skies with brisk northwest winds. Highs will reach around 40, but with the wind factored in, wind chills will make it feel freezing all day.

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