WINTER WEATHER: Closings, Cancellations, Delays FOR THURSDAY

With the threat of lingering ice on the roadways, local schools, businesses, and other agencies are announcing closures, cancellations and delays for Thursday morning.

See below for the full list in Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties – and keep checking this page throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning for updates. No more precipitation is expected to fall in our area, though, and temperatures should reach the mid-40s by Thursday afternoon.














PACE ACADEMY: 2-hour delay


VOYAGER ACADEMY: 2-hour delay


Expect A Tenth Of An Inch Of Ice Tuesday Night

With the threat of freezing rain in the forecast, Orange County is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 Tuesday evening through noon on Wednesday.

“Temps are going to drop through the evening, down around freezing by 9:00 or so,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Ellis. “Initially that won’t cause a problem, but as precipitation starts…you’ll start to see the first impacts around midnight or so, (with) glazing on overpasses and bridges first…

“As precipitation increases after midnight, expect to start seeing travel impacts on the roadways (through) the morning commute.”

Ellis says it’s not yet clear how much precipitation is going to fall, but forecasters expect about a tenth of an inch of ice. Ellis describes the expected impact as “low to moderate” – road conditions will be treacherous, especially during the morning commute, but there shouldn’t be many power outages or downed trees.

“The worst case scenario would probably be two-tenths of an inch (of ice),” Ellis says. “The best case scenario is that the precipitation doesn’t make it as far north – and if we don’t get a lot, we could see very limited impacts with maybe just patchy ice on bridges and overpasses.”

Still, even a small amount of ice is enough to cause havoc on the roadways. “Last week in Sampson County…they had a very brief period of very light drizzle and rain, and they had 17 cars off the road within a couple hours,” Ellis says. “It doesn’t take much with the ice.”

So when will the ice go away? Ellis says it shouldn’t be long: the precipitation should end around 10:00 Wednesday morning, and temperatures will rise above freezing around then as well.

“Once the temperatures warm back up…you get cars traveling over the road (and) things heat up a little better,” Ellis says. “So we don’t anticipate impacts beyond Wednesday morning.”

Continue to check for updates on the weather, as well as any school and business closings, cancellations or delays.

Closings, Cancellations, and Delays – Updated 3/4, 9:45 a.m.

Story originally posted Monday, March 3, 6:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 4

Alamance-Burlington Schools: Closed.

Carolina Dialysis – Delayed opening at 9:00 a.m.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools – Closed; optional teacher work day.

Chatham County Schools – Operating on a three (3) hour delay

Durham Academy – Operating on a two (2) hour delay

Durham Public Schools – Closed.

Orange County Schools – Closed.

Orange County Courts – Delayed opening at 10 a.m.

Orange County Administrative Offices – Opening two (2) hours late.

The Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers, the Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill and the Solid Waste Administrative office will all open at 10:00 a.m.The Hazardous Waste Collection will open at 10:00 a.m. and close early at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday’s Curbside recycling routes are cancelled due to icy conditions on many roads. Make up day is Saturday, March 8. If Tuesday is your regularly scheduled recycling day, please have your bins out by 7:00 a.m. this coming Saturday.

PACE Academy – Closed.

St. Thomas More Catholic School – Operating on a three (3) hour delay

UNC – Opening at 11:00 a.m.

UNC School of Dentistry Patient Clinics – Opening at 11:00 a.m.

Woods Charter School – Operating on a two (2) hour delay.


CHAPEL HILL TRANSIT – Back to regular routes

RDU Sees Cancellations Ahead Of Winter Weather

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.

Cold Temperatures To Follow Wednesday Night Snow

RALEIGH – National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Ellis says Orange County could see two to four inches of snow from this system.

“The heaviest snow should be in the evening hours before midnight,” Ellis says. “After midnight, things will begin to taper off as the system moves to the east. Certainly by sunrise Wednesday, we should see no more precipitation in the Triangle.”

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He says even once the snow moves out of the area, the dangers don’t leave with it.

“It’s be done tomorrow morning, but then we start again with the really cold temperatures,” Ellis says. “We’ll have to watch snow melt that may refreeze for the next morning and just staying warm and avoiding any situations where you’re outside for any long period of time.”

NC DOT Awaits Snowfall

GREENSBORO – North Carolina Department of Transportation Division Maintenance Engineer Brad Wall says preparation for this winter weather began Monday night into Tuesday morning.

“We put salt brine out on the interstates, (loaded the trucks with salt, and topped off the fuel tanks),” Wall says. “When we get the fallen precipitation, we’ll get them out on the routes, and they’ll begin to address the storm.”

He says the primary roads were also treated with salt brine; that process concluded Tuesday before noon.

Wall is in the NC DOT’s Division 7, which services Alamance, Guildord, Rockingham, and Caswell counties along with Orange. He says Orange will likely be the hardest hit of his division.

“With the temperatures, we expect it to start sticking immediately,” Wall says. “So as soon as we get some accumulation on the pavement, then we’ll start putting out salt.”

He says the trucks have been affixed with plows in addition to filling them with salt and topping off the fuel.

“We being with the routes that carry the most traffic,” Wall says. “We start with our interstates as well as our major primaries.”

You might get the urge to follow closely behind a truck that’s plowing snow to get the clearest route, but Wall says it’s safest for you to give the truck some room to work.

“The trucks will be putting out salt, most likely,” Wall says. “I would stay several car-lengths back—anywhere from 300 to 500 feet back.”

First Snow In The Forecast

RALEIGH – Winter weather made its way into the forecast for the first time this season, but National Weather Service Meteorologist, Brandon Locklear says it’s likely just for the spectacle Tuesday.

“The story’s going to be just how cold this air mass is,” Locklear says.

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CHPD Says No Weather-Related Accidents Overnight

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sgt. Josh Mecimore says officers have seen fairly good conditions on the roadways since the storm moved in early this morning.

“I’ve talked to the watch commander that worked overnight, and he said at about 1:45 a.m. they started seeing a mix of rain and freezing rain,” Sgt. Mecimore says. “He said that the temperatures never really got down to freezing, so the roads are wet, but they didn’t see any hazardous conditions like slick roads or anything like that.”

Sgt. Mecimore says since the storm was not projected to be a large one, no added preparation was needed, though he says officers were on alert should it be worse than expected.

“Overnight we had just our regular patrol guys on duty, but they didn’t see any weather-related accidents or anything like that,” Sgt. Mecimore says.

Freezing Rain Possible In The Triangle Thursday Night And Friday Morning

RALEIGH – The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on a storm system that could bring more frozen precipitation to the Triangle area at the end of this week.

“It looks like we may see a brief period of some freezing rain and sleet at the onset of it,” NWS forecaster Scott Sharp says. “It (should) happen after midnight or so. (There) may be a little bit of a period of freezing rain early Friday morning before it changes to all rain by mid- to late-morning.”

Of course the greatest concern will be for commuters Friday morning.

Sharp says the system is still a ways off with time for the forecast to change. But as of now, it looks like another Friday could be affected by cold temperatures and potentially harmful weather. The good news is that is isn’t expected to last long.

“We are monitoring a storm system out in the southern Rockies that will be approaching the southeast US late Thursday into Thursday night and Friday,” Sharp says. “It looks like the precip (will begin) during the overnight hours Thursday into Friday morning.”

Stay tuned to WCHL and as the storm approaches. We’ll continue to bring you up to the minute forecasts of the winter weather expected in the area.

Click here for the current Chapel Hill forecast.