RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Snow started falling in areas of the Triangle on Wednesday evening as the region spent the day prepping for a possible meeting with wintry weather.
Several area school systems canceled after-school activates due to the threat of wintry weather.
Light snow started falling in Chapel Hill around 6 p.m. along with snow seen along I-40 in Cary around the same time.
Wake County Public Schools, along with public schools in Durham, Johnston, Chatham and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro system have canceled activities.
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has been out applying treatment to roads to stay ahead of the potential wintry weather.
“What Brine does is help minimize what sticks to the road and it makes the job a little easier when they have to clear it later,” said Mike Charbeneau with NCDOT.
Drivers WNCN spoke with said slowing down is key to being safe during inclement weather.
“Take it slow. Don’t try to be aggressive. Basically that’s what we try to do, just take our time and get there,” said driver Chad Richardson.
WNCN meteorologist Alyssa Corfont said no accumulation is expected Wednesday.
“Little or no accumulation is expected, but it will be cold enough that any precipitation could produce slick spots,” Corfont said.
She said the threat of more inclement weather exists heading into the weekend.
“Friday will be cloudy with some freezing rain, sleet and snow possible in the morning before becoming mostly rain in the afternoon,” Corfont said. “It’s too early to know any accumulations, but a spell of wintry weather is expected over most areas except for southeast North Carolina.”
Keith Lassiter of Rapid Repair Experts said they get really busy when cold weather hits. They’ve already dealt with several busted pipes and expect more.
“Not only do they have just busted lines, but it causes property damage as well,” Lassiter said.
Lassiter said preventing busted pipes is as easy as letting cold water drip from a faucet. Pipes can also be insulted and keeping the thermostat at the same temperature throughout the day can prevent busted pipes.
Duke Energy said it is having its crews on hand and ready to deal with any power outages.
“Winter weather can be really unpredictable. We’re having all of our crews on hand and ready to respond,” said spokeswoman Meredith Archie.