More winter weather could disrupt travel, power
Snow’s back in the forecast, starting as soon as Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
But Wednesday promises to be particularly unpleasant.
An arctic air mass was moving into the region Monday night. Snow is expected to start today, with anywhere from 2 to 6 inches possibly falling from northern Mississippi east into much of North Carolina through Wednesday.
“On Wednesday, we’ll see a transition to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain toward afternoon and probably into overnight,” said Shawna Cokley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Raleigh. The roads might prove difficult, especially with icier conditions, she said, “so plan accordingly.”
Significant snow and light ice accumulations are possible in the Northwest Piedmont, while some snow and potentially damaging ice accumulations are a concern along and east of U.S. 1.
Snow and ice could severely disrupt travel on Wednesday and Thursday. Power outages and property damage are possible because of the weight of ice felling power lines.
Thursday should see the back edge of the system, with more showery rain and maybe some snow. By that night, the weather should be clear of our area.
Temperatures are expected to be around freezing on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a warm-up, of sorts, on Thursday when we see a high of 39 degrees.
It remains to be seen how the weather might affect local schools and other government services.
Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools on Monday were in wait-and-see mode and hadn’t made any firm decisions about their schedules.
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