Freezing rain, ice accumulation in NC for Valentine’s Day Weekend


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The cold, wet weather we’ve now had for two days in a row will continue into the weekend, but with a larger threat of freezing rain ice accumulation. The best chance of this freezing rain ice accumulation will be this morning and into the afternoon.

As usual in central North Carolina, the farther north you go in the area, the more likely you are to have frozen precipitation. That’s why the more signification ice accumulation and winter weather alerts are along the Virginia border.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Sunday due to the chance of minor travel impacts for the Triangle and areas west and east.

The best chance of freezing rain will be along and north of the I-85 corridor. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Person, Granville & Vance Counties where there could be enough freezing rain to cause some isolated travel problems and power outages.

The most significant amount of freezing rain ice accumulation could be in Mecklenburg County, Va. where there is an Ice Warning. Amounts of ice accumulation there could be around .25″, which is enough to cause widespread power outages and travel problems.

Saturday morning is starting out cold and messy with temperatures in the lower to middle 30s. Areas north of the Triangle are waking up to temperatures at and below the freezing mark. These locations will see freezing rain this morning. Be safe when heading out on the roads.

As we head into this afternoon, the rain-freezing rain line will push into Virginia, but the cold rain will continue. A break from the rain, but not the clouds and cold will arrive Saturday night through early Sunday morning.

Valentine’s Day on Sunday will remain mainly gray and cold with highs closer to 40. Keep the umbrella handy as more rain will develop during the day.

What is freezing rain? 

Freezing rain is rain that falls wet and then freezes on cold surfaces. It is very hazardous for travelers as it can create a sheet of ice on surfaces. It can also weigh-down branches and powerlines, causing power outages.  

Ice can create slick spots on roadways, causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles with little to no warning. Bridges and overpasses see icing first because they are surrounded by the cold air and freeze more quickly. 

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