Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Central North Carolina beginning at 9 o’clock Thursday evening and running through 10 o’clock Friday Morning. This advisory is focused on the threat of black ice.

The weather has led to several closings.

Winter Weather Advisory Expires; Threat Persists

The Winter Weather Advisory that was issued by the National Weather Service in Raleigh due to the threat of black ice expired at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning.

Road conditions are still very icy and causing major cancellations. And weather forecasts are calling for the possibility of light precipitation Wednesday evening, coupled with overnight temperatures in single digits.

Governor Pat McCrory gave a briefing on conditions across the state, Tuesday evening.


Lt. Josh Mecimore with the Chapel Hill Police Department told WCHL’s Blake Hodge that it appears most residents heeded the warning to stay off the roads.


More than 100 flights were canceled at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to RDU Spokesperson Mindy Hamlin. She gave an update to WCHL.


The winter weather means long hours for Orange County Emergency Services. Director Jim Groves spoke with WCHL.


The cold weather can be difficult for animals as well. Bob Marotto, Director of Orange County Animal Services, says that the best solution is to bring pets indoors.


For those without a warm place to go, the Inter-Faith Council has open doors.


AAA Carolina’s Tiffany Wright offers some tips for making it through the cold weather unharmed.

Winter Weather Approaching

Winter weather is approaching the Tar Heel state and could cause travel issues late Monday evening though mid-day Tuesday. The impending weather prompted Governor Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency.

Listen to the full press conference with Governor McCrory and other state officials below:

Shawna Coakley, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, says the projected forecast calls for snow Monday afternoon.

“We’re looking probably to see some of that starting around 3 [or] 4 o’clock,” she says. “The real active stuff probably won’t ramp up until this evening; we’re looking around 7 [or] 8 o’clock.

“We’ll see a switch over to more of a sleet and freezing rain situation. That could make for some potentially hazardous travel. And that’ll continue through the overnight hours and then start to move out in the morning hours on Tuesday.”

Brad Wall, Division Maintenance Engineer with the NC Department of Transportation, says that they have been preparing for this after getting a reliable forecast.

“On Sunday, we applied salt brine as conditions allowed and as time allowed,” he says. “Today, we are preparing our trucks: getting the spreaders on, getting the plows on and we’ll have them loaded out with salt.”

With the cold temperatures in recent days, Wall says that he is expecting the winter weather to begin accumulating quickly once it starts falling. That could lead to dangerous road conditions late Monday and into Tuesday morning.

The State Highway Patrol also released tips to stay safe during the winter weather, including avoid travel unless necessary, decrease speed, and wear your seatbelt. State troopers also encourage you to allow additional travel time. Law enforcement also cautions that, if you are in an accident, they may require additional response time due to the conditions.

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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