A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Triad until Tuesday at 12 p.m.
Here's the latest from Van Denton:
Good and Bad News:
The bad first....we have noticed more sleet in parts of the Triad. That is bad for roads as the ice can build up faster than it can melt on the road surface. (below the roads temps are above 40° and that kept the rain from freezing on the roads earlier...but sleet is a different story).
The good news.....the longer you get sleet the less ice buildup on trees. Sleet does not attach to the trees.
There is still a chance some areas could see some snow mix in too. Best chance for this is north and west.
Most of us will see 1/4-1/2 inch of sleet and 1/10 to 1/4 inch of freezing rain.
All areas should taper off to mist and drizzle overnight. We expect to climb back to 32 around 11am and into the upper 30s by late afternoon.
Be careful out there.
Randolph County Schools to dismiss early. Elementary at 12:15 p.m., Middle/High at 12:30 p.m.
Latest from Randolph Co.: Due to changing weather conditions and changes to the afternoon’s forecast, all elementary schools will release at 12:15 pm and all middle/high schools will release at 12:30 pm.
All closings will be posted here: Latest closings and delays
Temperatures are hovering around freezing and could drop a few degrees this afternoon. Expect freezing rain, sleet and snow over the next few hours. Drive safe.
Sleet, snow and freezing rain are moving across the Piedmont right now. Temperatures are colder than previously forecast, and are expected to show little recovery through afternoon.
Most roads will remain wet and not frozen. Bridges and overpasses will be the most hazardous spots for travel.
Most roads will remain wet and not frozen. Bridges and overpasses will be the most hazardous spots for travel. And trees. Don’t climb any trees.
JUST IN: @WSFCS closing schools now. High school drivers can leave immediately. Famillies welcome to pick up children at any time.
Alamance-Burlington Schools: Elementary closing at 1 p.m.; middle and high schools closing at 2; no afterschool activities or daycare
Treacherous conditions reported on I-40 near Colfax. Drivers should use extreme caution.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is dismissing 75 minutes early due to wintry weather. Student drivers can leave now. Parents are welcome to pick up their children at any time. Bus drivers have been called in to begin their routes. Middle schools will dismiss first at 12:45 p.m.
Latest closing and delays list: http://myfox8.com/weather/closings-delays/
A High severity incident has been Added for I-40 Westbound in Guilford County Near Greensboro: at MM 206: 2 of 4 Lanes Closed. The incident started at 03/17/14 12:16 PM and is expected to end at 03/17/14 01:16 PM.
Two lanes of I-40 at the split at US-421 are blocked due to a traffic accident.
More details about Guilford County Schools soon. As of right now, all we know is school system is closing two hours early.
From a reader: My son rode home with a friend from Ledford high school, said Old Greensboro rd in Davidson county is getting really slick.
One lane of I-40 near Sandy Ridge Rd. blocked due to accident. http://myfox8.com/2014/03/17/one-lane-of-i-40-near-sandy-ridge-rd-closed-due-to-accident/
Latest from National Weather Service:
...BATCH OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE TRIAD WILL CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER HOUR OR SO AND THEN BEGIN TO DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST AFTER 200 PM... WIDESPREAD WINTRY PRECIPITATION...MAINLY IN THE FORM OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ACROSS THE TRIAD WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS. THE PRECIPITATION WILL TEND TO FALL AS MORE SNOW AND SLEET FROM WINSTON-SALEM...GREENSBORO AND ROXBORO NORTHWARD AND WHEN THE PRECIPITATION RATES ARE HEAVIER. THE PRECIPITATION WILL FALL AS MORE FREEZING RAIN SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 40 AND WHEN THE RATES ARE LIGHTER. TEMPERATURES CURRENTLY AROUND 30 WILL LIKELY HOLD STEADY OR RISE EVER SO SLIGHTLY THROUGH MID AFTERNOON BUT REMAIN AT OR BELOW FREEZING. SOME ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION OF FREEZING RAIN CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH 300 PM WHICH WILL PRODUCE A SLIGHTLY THICKER GLAZE...GENERALLY AROUND OR LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH ON ELEVATED SURFACES INCLUDING TREE TOPS...RAILINGS AND CAR TOPS. ONLY A MINOR ACCUMULATION OF SNOW AND SLEET IS EXPECTED...TYPICALLY ONLY A COATING. THE ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION AND COLD TEMPERATURES WILL LEAD TO A FEW SLIPPERY SPOTS...MAINLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES. DRIVERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR QUICKLY CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS.
Several schools closing early. Latest closings and delays
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