National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Ellis says temperatures will stay in the 30s Tuesday, but the Triangle will see-saw right back to the 50s by Wednesday.
***Listen to the Interview with Ron Stutts***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/clouds-keep-temperatures-tuesday-warmer-wednesday/
Another dose of winter weather is on tap before spring officially arrives, but just how bad with this round be?
WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Vincent about the impending weather.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/thin-glaze-ice-coat-trees-monday-tuesday/
School officials are reviewing better ways of getting last-minute alerts out to parents, after last Friday’s freezing rain shut down Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools just before lunchtime.
Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Todd LoFrese of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School says that last week’s freezing rain was one of those weather events that catches everybody off-guard.
He says it’s because there’s so much guesswork involved.
“It always seems that we’re like, on the edge of the forecast, and the temperature, both in terms of the amounts, and where we’re going to be talking about rain or snow.” says LoFrese. “It just always seems like Chapel Hill and Carrboro are right on that dividing line.”
Another problem was that the storm really hit Orange County hard by later in the morning, which had school officials scrambling to get the word out about closings.
“Friday was definitely a challenge,” says LoFrese. “Conditions were such that in our district, when we made the call, things looked good. It was raining. The Weather Service had indicated that temperatures were rising. We had checked power in our schools around 6 o’clock, and all our systems were good.”
Then, the weather took a quick and nasty turn. LoFrese says the school system received the first reports of school power outages between 7 and 8 a.m.
By mid-morning, five schools were without power. CHCCS made the decision that if power was not restored by 11:30, the five affected schools would be dismissed for the day.
“Obviously, the temperatures inside the schools were a concerning factor,” he says. “But at the same time, we didn’t want to dismiss students out into an unsafe travel situation.”
The word went out around 10:45, and CHCCS was informed at 11 a.m. that travel conditions were OK for dismissal.
But officials felt that safe-travel window closing rapidly, when high-wind warnings for the afternoon started coming in.
So the decision was made to close all schools in the district that day.
LoFrese says the message went out around 11:50 that the five schools without power would be dismissed first, with the remaining schools to be closed on a scheduled rollout.
He admits that sending the information out took longer than expected. The situation was complicated by the loss of phone service.
“We recognized that we weren’t providing a long window for parents to get home,” he says. “And so we contacted the schools and held buses at the school, beyond what we had originally planned for, to provide time for parents to get home.”
LoFrese says that one bright spot was a policy of some elementary schools to contact parents directly from classrooms.
He says he’s only heard a couple of reports from concerned parents whose children were delivered back to their bus stops without parents being notified first.
Lofrese says that the school system will work to improve communications in preparation for the next weather emergency, as well as making sure schools get more and quicker updates on weather conditions.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chccs-works-get-quicker-school-closing-information-parents/
National Weather Service Meteorologist Gail Hartfield says it’s going to take a while to thaw out after temperatures plummeted into the teens.
***WCHL’s Ron Stutts Spoke with Hartfield on the Tuesday Morning News***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/cold-temperatures-remain-midday/
National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Scott Sharp says once the cold front moves through the Triangle between 7:00 and 7:30 Monday morning, we should expect rain to switch to sleet at about midday.
WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with Sharp during the WCHL Monday Morning News.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/cold-front-bring-frozen-precipitation/
RALEIGH – National Weather Service meteorologist Kathleen Carroll says the forecast is clear of frozen precipitation–at least in the near future–and temperatures are projected to be in the 40s Friday.
WCHL’s Ron Stutts spoke with Carroll on the Friday Morning News.
***Listen to the Interview***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/thawing-temperatures-way/
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
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.
• 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
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
Duke Energy Spokesperson Megan Musgrave
Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield
Orange County Public Affairs Director Carla Banks
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue
Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens
Carrboro Police Chief Walter Hortonhttp://chapelboro.com/news/weather/checking-community/
RALEIGH – National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sharp says not to get overconfident during the lull in the storm Thursday morning. More winter weather is on its way.
***Listen to the Interview***
ORANGE COUNTY – About six inches of snow fell on Orange County on Wednesday, causing massive traffic jams across the area – and the unprecedented cancellation of the scheduled UNC-Duke basketball game.
And it’s nowhere near over: the snow has turned into sleet and freezing rain in much of the Triangle, and National Weather Service meteorologist Nick Petro says he expects “a quarter to a half an inch” of ice accumulation as well.
That much accumulation has the potential to cause power outages, as ice weighs down branches and power lines. Tens of thousands of Duke Energy Progress customers lost power on Wednesday in southeastern North Carolina.
And Petro says there will be more snow as well: “The precipitation type should go back to snow during the day (Thursday); one to three inches of additional snow may fall.”
UNC and Duke have cancelled classes all day Thursday, as have the area’s school districts (CHCCS, Orange, Durham, and Chatham).
Traffic jams across the Triangle were widespread and massive, as drivers reported taking hours and hours to travel distances that usually only take a few minutes – and some drivers gave up altogether, abandoned their vehicles and walked. The UNC-Duke basketball game was cancelled after the charter bus scheduled to bring the Duke team to the Smith Center couldn’t even get to Duke’s campus to pick up the players.
The precipitation is expected to end on Thursday afternoon – the Winter Storm Warning in effect for the Triangle expires Thursday afternoon at 6:00 – but Petro says it’ll take even longer for the area to return to normal.
“Impacts are going to be long-lasting because it’s going to take a while to get rid of all this ice,” he says. “Temperatures are going to stay cold (Thursday) night, struggling into the mid- to upper 30s even on Friday. So it’s going to take a while to get this all cleaned up.”http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/six-inches-snow-already/