Slick spots possible after Sunday night freezing rain

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 06:25 AM

The morning commute today could be a little treacherous, especially along the area’s back roads, thanks to scattered downpours of freezing rain that were forecast for Sunday night.

“We’re not expecting anything like the last storm” on Friday, said Shawna Cokley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “It’ll be spotty, with light accumulation, but there could be some slick spots in the morning.”

Durham, Orange, Granville, Person and Chatham counties were among those affected by the weather advisory, from 9 p.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. today.

Durham Public Schools and Orange County Schools will open on a three-hour delay today, the systems announced Sunday evening. Chapel Hill-Carrboro,  Granville and Person county school systems will operate on a two-hour delay.

On Friday, the region saw a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, snow and sleet that turned evening commutes into greater challenges than normal and sparked early releases from schools and cancellations of scheduled events.

The worst of the weather was expected between midnight and 7 a.m. Monday. Commuters should watch for icy patches on back roads, bridges and overpasses where water more readily freezes, Cokley said.

“Temperatures should warm up past freezing in the morning and by afternoon all that should melt into our memories,” she said.

Conditions improve Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures climbing back to the 60s and 70s.

“It looks very nice, well above normal,” Cokley said.

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y nice, well above normal,” Cokley said.

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