Staff and wire reports
RALEIGH — School systems in parts of North Carolina began altering Friday’s class schedule and work crews treated roads in advance of another winter storm expected to coat the state with some snow and ice.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory on Thursday. Forecasters say a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain should fall across all but the southeastern part of the state starting around daybreak Friday in the mountains and spreading east throughout the day.
Many school systems across the Piedmont announced that classes would end three hours early on Friday. Lincoln County Schools officials decided on an even earlier dismissal, with parents being notified late Thursday to pick up students at 10 a.m. on Friday.
“A good chunk of North Carolina should see some glaze,” National Weather Service meteorologist Gail Hartfield said.
Accumulations should be light, but for people in the Research Triangle area, the idea of light frozen precipitation conjures up memories of Jan 19, 2005. On that day, a brief snowfall melted and refroze, leaving local streets and roads with a glaze that led to an epic traffic gridlock. Some 3,000 Wake County school children were stranded at 56 schools.
Hartfield said a repeat of that event isn’t likely.
“It was 10 degrees colder then,” Hartfield said. “It was more of a snow event. It hit, melted and froze. This one is not similar to that.”
Hartfield said roads have been pretreated with brine to help with melting.
“That will not eliminate the impact, but it should minimize it,” Hartfield said.
The highest peaks of the North Carolina mountains could see a few inches of snow. Elsewhere, forecasters expect a half-inch to an inch of snow and sleet and a coating of ice of about a tenth to two-tenths of an inch on trees and power lines. More freezing rain should fall to the south and snow and sleet to the north.
Hartfield said there will be travel problems, but said the storm doesn’t look like a major power outage event. She said sunshine will help with road conditions on Saturday.
The winter weather advisory doesn’t include places like Fayetteville and Kinston and points south.
After the storm passes, temperatures in North Carolina will begin to rise. Highs expected to climb into the 60s by Tuesday in some places.
The Associated Press and the Lincoln Times-News news staff contributed to this report.