Inclement Weather Announcements – Updated 8:30 a.m. 2/15

Saturday, February 15

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools – All activities cancelled

Friday, February 14

- Alamance Burlington Schools -  Closed

- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools - Closed

- Chatham County Schools - Closed

- Duke University – Classes cancelled Friday; Severe Weather Policy in extended to 5 p.m. Friday

- Durham Public Schools – Closed

- Hillsborough Christian Academy - Closed

- Orange County Schools - Closed

- Orange Charter School - Closed

- St. Thomas More Catholic School – Closed

- UNC-Chapel Hill  - Classes cancelled; offices closed

- Wake County Schools – Closed

Chapel Hill Art Gallery – Artist reception postponed to Feb 21

 

 

Chapel Hill Transit

Chapel Hill Transit will operate some routes beginning at 10:00 a.m. Click here to find out the current route schedule.

CHT services will follow their normal routes and schedules as long as the streets are safe for travel. If you must travel, be safe, dress warmly and expect delays. Chapel Hill Transit is not running today, 2-13-14.

Where to Get Service Information:

Conditions can change quickly. Before you leave, get the latest updates on weather related delays and detours:

• Check CHT’s Inclement Weather page at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=696
• Call 919-969-4900 and press “1″ for Route and Schedule Information – expect some wait time due to high call volumes
• For EZ Rider Services call 919-969-5544
• Check local TV and radio stations
• Follow us on Facebook –www.facebook.com/chtransit– and Twitter–www.twitter.com/chtransit

Using NextBus:

CHT’s NextBus system estimates the next arrivals for buses in real time, based on each vehicle’s location and average speed. But when many vehicles are off-route or significantly delayed, it cannot make accurate arrival predictions. NextBus can, however, tell you if your line is delayed, or the location of the next vehicle.

Riding Tips:

• If there’s no traffic going by your bus stop, walk to a stop on a busy street.
• If your bus stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom or top where the operator can safely stop.
• Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop. Buses can slide sideways in slippery conditions.
• Keep in mind, your bus may not pull all the way over to the curb to avoid getting stuck.

 

Grocery and Drug Stores
Stores may close at manager’s discretion. Call business before leaving home.

Harris Teeter (MLK Blvd, Meadowmont, Estes Dr) – Open limited hours, varies by location. Call location before going.

Food Lion – Weaver Dairy Rd, Governors Dr locations Open, Fordham Blvd location Closed

Kerr Drug – Open normal hours

Lowes Foods – Open

Whole Foods – Opened at 11am Thursday

Fresh Market – Opened at 11a-12p Thursday

Rite Aid – Open normal hours (all Chapel Hill locations)

Trader Joes – Closed at 5pm Thursday

Walgreens (1500 E Franklin St) – Open normal hours

Walgreens (108 E Franklin St) – Closed Thursday

 

Restaurant Information

 

Foster’s Market – Will open at 10am on Friday

Glasshalfull – Will reopen Friday at 5pm

Lantern – Will reopen Friday at 5:30pm

Spanky’s – Will reopen sometime on Friday

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe – Will reopen Friday afternoon

 

 

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/inclement-weather-announcements-updated-130-p-m-210/

Rain Sun. & Mon., Cold Temps Roll In Mon. Night

RALEIGH – Another system like the Triangle saw Thursday roles through starting Sunday, and with it will come rain on the front end and cold, cold temperatures on the tail end.

***Listen to Ran Northam’s Interview with National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Scott Sharp***

http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/rain-sun-mon-cold-temps-roll-mon-night/

Rain And Snow Out In Time For Thanksgiving, Still Cold

RALEIGH – You always hear of people talking about a white Christmas, but what about a white Thanksgiving?

The skies should clear for Thanksgiving Day, but here on the eve of Turkey day, you might see some snow flakes mixed in with today’s rain showers.

National Weather Service Meteorologist, Mike Strickler says not to expect the temperatures to climb much from where they are now.

***Listen to the Interview***

For the latest forecast, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/rain-snow-time-thanksgiving-still-cold/

Clear Skies Coming, But Not Before Heavy Rains, Snow?

RALEIGH – Orange County escaped another early round of wintry precipitation, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Before Thanksgiving, we could see heavy rains and cool temperatures.

National Weather Service Meteorologist, Ryan Ellis says right now all the poor weather is to the west and south.

***Listen to the Interview***

http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/clear-skies-coming-heavy-rains-snow/

Summer Rains Helped Livestock But Hurt Produce

CHAPEL HILL – This summer’s heavy rains caused flooding in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, but helped some farmers around North Carolina while providing challenges to others.

The heavy rainfall that came this summer shocked many people from around the area, but had various impacts on farmers growing crops.  Owner of Walter’s Unlimited farm, Roland Walters, said that the rain only made new seeding a little more difficult.

“It was just a little harder keeping things seeded or putting down new seeding,” Walter said “the produce that was already seeded, nothing growing, wasn’t any problem, wasn’t harmed or anything; we weren’t excessive enough in any way to be flooding or anything of that nature, it just delayed some seeding.”

Walter’s Unlimited raises cattle, hogs, chicken, and also grow a small amount of produce.  Walter’s said that although seeding was delayed, the livestock benefited from the rain this summer and the grass that grew out of it.

“This was actually probably the best year we’ve ever had, we rely on a lot of grass.” Walter stated “It’s actually made for better environment and better growth for all our animals.”

Other farmers have had different experiences this summer dealing with the heavy rains and cloudy days.  Wild Hare Farm’s owner, Lean Cook, said that the rainy season provided some challenges when growing many outdoor crops.

“It made it a pretty challenging summer with the cooler, cloudy weather and all the rain,” Cook said “it really increases foliar disease in particular, fungal diseases really escalate.”

Wild Hare Farm is not certified organic, but they still do not spray their produce to prevent fungal diseases. Cook grows some flowers and plants indoors which allowed for the rain and weather to not have as big an impact.  Cook says that with the rain she encountered problems making out into the fields and dealing with diseases and weeds.

“Yea, spotty foliar diseases, the other thing is when it’s as wet as it was this summer it’s hard to get out an weed” Cook commented.

The weather this summer has been different from the past few years when we had high degree days and little rain.  Walter’s says that because of the weather this year his livestock has been doing great.

“Hasn’t been excessively hot like it has the past few years, so I think it’s been a very good year, very good summer for our animals” Walters commented.

Although the rain’s this summer made some of the seeding for the next rotation of crops difficult, more grass has been available for livestock.  Walter’s Unlimited had a successful year with the cooler weather and abundance of grass for livestock.

http://chapelboro.com/news/business/summer-rains-helped-livestock-but-hurt-produce/

Road Construction Gaining Momentum

CHAPEL HILL – Construction on roads in Chapel Hill is picking up momentum after weeks of rain.

The three big projects are located at Smith Level Road, Weaver Dairy Road, and South Columbia Street. Resident engineer Chris Kirkman says a little extra work has gotten the projects going again.

“Yea it did slow it down, but in the last week–Columbia street for example–we were able to get a lot done, and get a lot done this week so we’re able to regain momentum,” Kirkman says. “They worked this past weekend Saturday and Sunday.”

Kirkman says he’s use to working against the weather to complete a project.  However, he says the rain this summer has been the biggest opponent while working on the roads.

“This year obviously, looking at the weather data that this has been unbelievable as far as rainfall the past June and July, fortunately we were able to regain a lot of momentum last week and this week,” Kirkman says

Although rain has slowed construction on the roads during summer, hurricanes could pose similar threats.  Kirkman says the construction teams are working to complete the roads by their estimated deadline.

“We would get the section between 86, or MLK, that end of it all the way down to the round about, hopefully that will be done by late August,” Kirkman says.

Kirkman says Smith Level is estimated to be completed in May 2015, and South Columbia will be completed around December 2014.

http://chapelboro.com/news/development/road-construction-gaining-momentum/

Culbreth Road Construction Sees Multiple Delays

CARRBORO – Construction on Culbreth Road has hit many delays this summer from soil problems and rain to asbestos water lines.  Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, Bill Webster, says a meeting is scheduled later this week to share the progress of the project.

Construction on Culbreth road began June 8 and its planned completion was August 25.  Webster says several delays occurred during construction including: rain, an asbestos water pipe, and bad soil.

“The big one right now is we have a serious soil issue that we have to resolve, and as of today I’m not exactly sure how much time it’ll take to resolve it, but we’ll know more by the end of the week,” Webster says.

The soil problems that the construction team faces deal with poor soil found underneath Culbreth Road.  Poor soil is not uncommon in floodplain areas, but the construction crew did not expect to find so much poor soil that they would have to dig another six feet.

“But once the road was excavated we found out there actually large areas within the excavation zone which the soils were completely unacceptable,” says Webster.

The three areas in which the construction crew worried about having delays all occurred, but Webster says only more rain at a bad time could continue to cause delays.

The construction crew now has plans for dealing with the soil on Culbreth Road and if they encounter the same problem on the trails later this year, it will not cause as much delay.

“And if there is a problem we’ll immediately communicate it to the community and the schools and everyone else, but right now we’re just not certain,” Webster says.

For more information on the expansion of Fan Branch and Morgan trails, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/development/delays-on-culbreth-road/

NWS: The Heavy Rain May Miss The Triangle To The East

RALEIGH – National Weather Service Meteorologist Phil Badgett joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Friday Morning News to discuss the day’s forecast and just how likely flooding may be for Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County.

***Listen to the Interview***

For the latest forecast, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/nws-the-heavy-rain-may-miss-the-triangle-to-the-east/

NWS: “The Heavy Rain Will Come In Fits And Starts”

RALEIGH – The National Weather Service in Raleigh issued a flash flood watch for central North Carolina, including Alamance, Chatham, Durham, and Orange counties until Thursday evening.

National Weather Service Science Operations Officer, Jonathan Blaes says there’s no way of knowing exactly when or where the rains may hit.

“The heavy rain will come in fits and starts,” Blaes says. “It will be, not widespread or to the affect where it’s raining all the time, but when we do get any showers or thunderstorms, they will be capable of producing extremely heavy rain. They’ll be slow-moving, so there’s a potential that when it rains hard, it could be raining very hard over any given location.”

And Blaes says there’s not just one cell that the Weather Service is monitoring.

“There’s not an obvious line or feature that’s easy to describe, but there will likely be multiple rounds of these kind of clusters of thunderstorms moving across central North Carolina during the next 12-24 hours,” Blaes says. “So, just because you have one go through doesn’t mean there won’t be any more later in the day or overnight.”

To see an up-to-date forecast, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/nws-the-heavy-rain-will-come-in-fits-and-starts/

“The Sisters’” Garden Damaged, But Not Destroyed

CHAPEL HILL – A tree fell on the porch of “The Sisters” on Gimghoul road, just missing the house and the porch roof around 9:30 Monday morning.  It was a spectacular site, but the twins are unhurt and the house is remarkably undamaged.

“The Sisters,” as they are known, are Chapel Hill’s iconic identical twins, Bernice Stiles and Barbara Wade, now 98 years old.  They are known far and wide for their lovely garden, filled with spring and summer blooms that are chosen and cultivated so diligently that they are a destination attraction for locals and tourists alike.

When the garden is ready to be seen in the spring, they post a sign by the front walk, “The Garden Is Open.”  Everyone is invited to stroll through and enjoy.  The sign became the title of the first popup book by Chapel Hill author and artist Pamela Pease.  A picture of The Sisters cottage was a dominant feature in that book.  The home has been the subject of artists’ paintings for many years.

The sisters are so revered in the community that on the Battle Park corner of Gimghoul and Glandon roads, there is an open area that has been decorated with benches and markers designating it as, “The Sisters Corner.”

Thus, when the tree fell in such spectacular fashion blocking the view of the house from the road, there was widespread concern among many in the community.  The large red oak was on the side of the house and fell on the part of the front porch that is uncovered.

Barbara and Bernice have asked us to tell everyone that they are just fine, that the sun will return, the tree will be gone and the garden will be “more beautiful than ever.”

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/the-sisters-garden-damaged-but-not-destroyed/