Central Carolina Takes Storm Hit

While Eastern Carolina for the most part dodged the icy bullet of freezing rain and sleet, snow and sleet is leaving a coating on
central North Carolina, just four days after people were basking in
70-degree temperatures.

The wintry weather closed some school systems, forced others to
delay the start of classes, and brought the morning commute to a

At least 51 traffic accidents were reported in the Triangle
area, with more accidents reported in the Triad.

Highway Patrol Lieutenant Everett Clendenin says roads are
passable, but motorists have to take their time driving to work.
Clendenin says most of the weather-related road problems are
between U-S 52 in the western Piedmont and Interstate 95 in the

A quarter inch of snow was reported at 6 a-m at Raleigh-Durham
International Airport. State government was impacted by the weather as well. A meeting of the state Utilities Commission in Raleigh was delayed two hours.

Forecasters expect the precipitation to switch to rain by the
middle of the day.