Schools announce early closings ahead of Friday 'wintry mix'

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 05:44 PM

The "wintry mix" combination of rain, freezing rain, snow, and maybe a little sleet should be arriving sometime Friday afternoon — and it could be staying awhile.
The precipitation will start with some snow a little after noon and that will gradually turn to freezing rain in the evening.
“It’s probably going to affect the evening commute,” said meteorologist Scott Sharpe with the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service. “With cold air already in place, it’s probably going to leave a little glaze on the roads.”
The good news is there’s not likely to be much of it.
“We don’t expect much accrual, not much snow or ice total,” Sharpe said. “Amounts should be on the light side. But there still could be slick spots, particularly on bridges.”
In expectation of what might be a difficult commute, the Durham Public Schools on Thursday already announced a shortened school day, with students being dismissed three hours early Friday. Chatham County Schools and Orange County Schools will dismiss students at 11:30 a.m. Other school systems are monitoring the situation.