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/
TRIANGLE: On Wednesday morning, as residents of the Triangle braced for a crippling winter storm, the North Carolina Department of Transportation was prepared to ensure that roadways stay as safe and clear as possible.
“We expect to have plenty of salt on hand for this storm,” said Brad Wall, Division Maintenance Engineer with the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation, Division 7.
Wall said the department started spreading a brine solution on Monday, in preparation for the big storm. He estimated that around 140,000 gallons of brine was spread over a five-county area.
“We did get snow flurries on Monday,” said Wall. “It was enough that the pavement got too wet to continue to brine, so we stopped, and finished that work [Tuesday].”
Then the DOT began gearing up for Wednesday’s snowfall.
“We loaded DOT trucks with salt [Tuesday],” said Wall. “And we’re in the process of loading our contractors’ trucks this morning with salt.”
During this time of the year, the NCDOT keeps its salt supply topped out.
“If we use a salt quantity in one event, then we order back that amount of salt, so that we’re prepared for the next,” Wall explained.
He said his division is at near-capacity in its salt supply, which is around17,000 tons.
The NCDOT also runs Incident Management Assistance Patrol, or IMAP, which assists stranded motorists, clears roadways and provides traffic control whenever needed.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/ncdot-salted-ready-go/
Story originally posted Wednesday, February 12, 12:11 p.m.
MORRISVILLE – Raleigh-Durham International Airport spokesperson Mindy Hamlin says airlines began preparing for this week’s winter weather well in advance.
“Airlines have posted approximately 30 departure cancellations to destinations across the country,” Hamlin says. “We do expect more cancellations into the evening and tomorrow, so we do recommend that if passengers do have travel plans over the next several days to contact their airline or visit their airline’s website before coming to the airport.”
**Update: Airlines have now cancelled nearly 100 arriving and departing flights for Wednesday and some early-morning flights Thursday.
She says each airline is responsible for its own de-icing equipment and that she doesn’t have the information regarding how many trucks are at RDU. However, she says when it comes to clearing snow off the runways and taxiways, the airport is prepared.
“In addition to the equipment we have on property, we also contract with two companies who provide equipment as well,” Hamlin says. “So we’ll have close to 100 people here on airport property removing snow on our runways and taxiways and dealing with ice as needed.”
In order to check your flight status with your airline, you will need the flight number listed on your boarding pass.http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/rdu-sees-cancellations-ahead-winter-weather/
RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency ahead of this week’s winter storm.
Before the snow and ice reached Orange County, it was already hitting a major part of the state.
***Listen to The Governor’s Remarks***http://chapelboro.com/news/weather/gov-mccrory-addresses-impending-winter-weather/