Johnston County, NC – Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Thursday ahead of an anticipated 36-hour winter storm, and the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Friday between midnight and 6 p.m.
As you can see below in the image the “light red” is the current area for the Winter Storm Advisory by the National Weather Service. Traffic is moving along smoothly, but as usual some delays can be expected in some areas of Raleigh.
At 7:21 PM 1/21/2016 here is the latest weather alerts and traffic report:
At 7:24 PM 1/21/2016 here is the full view of the storm. The “white circle” is where we are located. :
At 8:00 PM 1/21/2016 you can see our area has become a darker red which means we’re now under a winter storm warning. We have the potential of being majorly impacted by the winter storm late tonight. :
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from Midnight Tonight to 6 PM EST Saturday.
- Accumulations: snow accumulation of 2 to 6 inches, along with around one half of an inch of ice.
- Timing: snow and sleet are expected to spread into the area late tonight and early Friday. The snow should transition to mostly Freezing Rain by Friday afternoon and continue Friday evening. There should be more snow and sleet across the North.
- Impacts: roads are expected to become snow and ice covered early Friday creating hazardous travel conditions. Then. The changeover to freezing rain may become a serious issue. Especially across the southern and eastern Piedmont Friday afternoon through Friday night. Significant icing may bring down trees and power lines. Some warming may occur Friday night into the Eastern Piedmont. It is still unclear if the temperatures will warm above freezing which would change the ice to rain in areas from Henderson to The Triangle area.
- Winds: northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
At 5:04AM 1/22/2016 we began to see some accumulation of rain/sleet/snow.
At 8:57AM 1/22/2016 totals for snowfall have decreased significantly. We now expect up to 2 inches of snow in some areas instead of 6 inches.
At 4:02PM another winter weather warning was sent out. We see an additional 1/4 inch of ice. You can expect winds speeds of 15-20 MPH and winds gusts up to 35MPH.
We have also been getting reports from people of power outages in Smithfield, Four Oaks, and Benson.
At 5:21PM 1/22/2016 We received reports of downed trees a long NC 27 and that power lines are down in Benson near Main Street.
High winds mixed in with ice and snow will induce trees to break. If you are on the road keep an eye out and ice has started to settle in and freeze on the roads. Drive with extreme caution. If at all possible stay at home.
1/23/2016 It seems that the winter storm has calmed down a bit. Duke Energy is still working on restoring power to residents.
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Last Updated: 1/23/2016 8:07PM