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Storm Tonight Will Drop Heavy Rain, Tornado Possible

A major storm system is likely to hit the Triangle tonight, with meteorologists predicting heavy rain, heavy wind, and maybe even an isolated tornado.

National Weather Service meteorologist Katie Dedeaux says the heaviest rain will come in the late evening and overnight hours – and because it’s a slow-moving storm, there’s a greater likelihood of flooding as the rain will linger longer.

Dedeaux says the area will see at least an inch of rain, with some areas seeing as much as two inches. And the danger is heightened, she says, because the storm is moving through at night. “It’s one of the most dangerous times to have any severe weather,” she says, “because people are in bed and less aware of what’s going on.”

Dedeaux spoke with Aaron Keck on WCHL Tuesday afternoon.


Dedeaux says the storm should move out of the area sometime around noon on Wednesday, with nice weather expected for the weekend.



Friday’s lightning storm canceled high school football games and caused a bit of flooding in parts of Chapel Hill – but it also produced some memorable images.

Chapel Hill photographer Rachel Spaniel shared these photos with us, which she took on Friday night…

Photo by Rachel Spaniel.

Photo by Rachel Spaniel.

“It was my first big storm since I moved here last month,” she says.

Photo by Rachel Spaniel.

Photo by Rachel Spaniel.

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"I call this one 'The Haunting.'" Photo by Rachel Spaniel.

“I call this one ‘The Haunting.'” Photo by Rachel Spaniel.


Weather To Warm Sunday

Colder temperatures and rainy skies should move out of the area in time for Easter Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

“Rain will basically stay over the area through much of the day Saturday,” says warning coordination meteorologist, Nick Petro. “It looks like that low pressure system that’s brining us the rain will begin to shift to the east on Sunday, and I think certainly for Easter Sunday there’s a pretty good chance we’ll get to see the sun come back perhaps later in the day.”

He says cloud and rain will keep the daytime high around 60 on Saturday, but the high Sunday afternoon with sunshine could reach into the mid- to upper-60s. And, he says we should be done with the overnight lows flirting with the freezing mark again.

“The good news is, low temperatures are going to be holding the mid-40s,” Petro says.

To see the complete forecast for Easter weekend, click here.


Clouds To Keep Temperatures Down Tuesday, Warmer Wednesday

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***


Thin Glaze Of Ice Could Coat Trees Monday And Tuesday

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***


Chapel Hill Man Killed By Wednesday Storm

A Chapel Hill man was killed by a falling tree while standing on his deck during a thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon, according to Chapel Hill Police.

Fifty-five-year-old William Randolph Morris was pronounced dead when EMS officials arrived at the resident on Roper Lane in Durham County near the Orange County line.

The storm came through Chapel Hill during the 6:00 hour, bringing extremely high winds along with heavy rain. The incident took place around 6:45 p.m. Last week’s ice storm had already weakened trees and branches in the area.


Schools Closings and Power Outages

Due to hazardous travel conditions (downed trees and power lines) and wide spread power outages that remain, two school districts remain closed Monday:

Orange County Schools (optional teacher work day)

Alamance Burlington Schools


Duke Energy and Piedmont Electric continue to work to restore power to the area. To see the outage make for Duke Energy, click here; for Piedmont Electric, click here.


Cold Front To Bring Frozen Precipitation

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***


Thawing Temperatures On Their Way

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***


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