GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Snow was already falling in parts of North Carolina on Sunday night – as far east as Orange County — but the situation was much more serious in Greensboro where 60 crashes happened in a short time Sunday night.
A couple of inches of snow fell in Winston-Salem and that band extended east and the northwestern part of Orange county saw some snow Sunday evening, forecasters said.
Earlier Sunday, National Weather Service forecasters had decreased the Greensboro-area Winter Weather Watch to a more mild Winter Weather Advisory.
That all changed when snow came early on Sunday.
“This early arrival of some snow there and the fact that it is fluffy, meaning higher accumulation was the main reason to put out the Winter Storm Warning there,” said WNCN Meteorologist Bill Reh.
“The bulk of the moisture, though, will develop late tonight; so this means that when you wake up on Monday morning, there should be areas of snow and sleet and some freezing rain mixed in well south of the Triangle,“ Reh added.
Just under 2 inches of snow was reported in Winston-Salem as an early push of snow came through by 9 p.m.
“A bit of early snow in the Triad has brought the snow totals up to possibly 2 to 4 inches there,” Reh said.
In Wilksboro and North Wilksboro, there are reports that snow was falling there as early as 5:30 p.m. with roads in bad shape because of snow, WXII reported.
Greensboro Police reports 60 vehicle accidents and 15 disabled vehicles between the hours during just 2 hours until 9 p.m. Sunday as snow fell.
Greensboro authorities have asked drivers to stay off the roads.
There has been somewhat of a lull in the snow fall in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, but that is not expected to last long.
— Information from WXII-TV