Snow causes dozens of wrecks in Durham

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 05:56 PM

Friday’s snow and ice caused at least 50 wrecks – most minor – in Durham, according to law enforcement officials.

One serious accident, however, involved an overturned van that was westbound on Interstate 40 near the Durham Freeway, a spokeswoman for N.C. State Highway Patrol’s office in Durham said. At least one person was hurt, but details were unavailable.

The patrol said 24 accidents were investigated by troopers in Durham and Granville counties between late Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon.

Durham County sheriff’s deputies got 32 accident calls between 5 p.m. Thursday and late Friday morning, according to Paul Sherwin, public information officer for the sheriff. Of those, deputies responded to 17 and completed reports on 11 of them, he said.

Sherwin said the Highway Patrol handled nine of them, and six inside the city limits were investigated by Durham police.  

Durham got about one-half inch of snow after the storm began Thursday, according to unofficial measurements reported to the National Weather Service.

Kathleen Carroll, a meteorologist with the Weather Service at N.C. State University in Raleigh, said about one-tenth of an inch of snow was recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Durham through 9 a.m. today.  Patches of hard-to-see black ice are likely on area roads, creating hazardous driving conditions.

Motorists are urged to use extra caution, especially on bridges and overpasses.

The forecast through Tuesday calls for sunny days, with a slight warming trend this weekend. Today’s high is expected to be 50, with a low of 32 tonight. Sunday should be milder, with a high in the middle to upper 50s and a low in the high 20s.

Monday’s high is expected to be 50, with a low in the low 20s. Scattered clouds are forecast for Tuesday, with a high of 32.