Chatham, Lee counties hit hardest by snow

March 3, 2010 9:48:04 AM PST
The National Weather Service canceled a winter storm warning for central North Carolina, including the Raleigh-Durham area Wednesday morning.

Forecasters also dropped a winter weather advisory for the Lumberton and Fayetteville area.

Snow accumulations varied throughout the Triangle and in counties north and east of the Triangle, but most areas averaged between 1 and 2 inches. Fayetteville did not have any measurable amounts.

Heavier snow was reported in western North Carolina, where snowfall totals ranged from around two inches near Charlotte to up to nine inches in Asheville.

Around the Triangle, DOT crews prepared roads overnight with brine, salt and sand for morning commuters.

However, some drivers experienced problems overnight as they tried to navigate the slushy roads. Numerous wrecks were reported in the Triangle, but there were no serious injuries.

Most schools in the viewing area operated on a 2-hour delay Wednesday morning. Wake County schools will have their regularly scheduled 1-hr early release Wednesday. To view the entire list of delays and closings, click here.

Reports from Chatham and Lee counties indicate slightly larger accumulations -- at least six inches in some areas. There was a report of 7-and-a-half inches in Siler City, which is in Chatham.

Lee County dispatch told ABC11 Eyewitness News the county had downed power lines and trees because of the heavy, wet snow.

Nearly 5,400 businesses and residents were without power in Sanford.

And in Chatham County, Progress Energy sent extra crews to help out with about 4,300 outages. Harnett County reported the most outages with more than 6,500 customers being affected.

Even with extra crews, it is not known how long it will be before power is restored to all customers.

ABC11 AccuWeather Meteorologists say don't expect the snow to be around for long. Temperatures will reach the mid 40s Wednesday, melting most of what fell overnight. And by the weekend, expect sunny, warmer weather with temperatures reaching the 60s by Sunday.

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