The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Triangle effective starting at 6pm Friday, January 29th through midnight Saturday, January 30th. More info on the warning can be found here.
The weather service says a combination of cold air behind a front and low pressure developing over Texas on Thursday will trigger the storm. The system will push into the state, bringing significant snow to the northern half of North Carolina.
Up to 10 inches of snow are expected in the mountains. Locations near the Virginia border likely will see snow with some sleet and freezing rain. Near the U.S. 64 corridor, forecasters say sleet and freezing rain are likely, but with the potential for significant snow and ice.
ABC11 Eyewitness News Accuweather Meteorologist Glenn Willey says we could see snow accumulation and sleet in the Triangle.
"Much will depend on exactly what type of precipitation falls in certain locations," Willey said.
Willey recommends that folks keep checking back for the latest forecasts. He said the track of the storm could shift north or south, so who gets snow, who gets a mix and who gets potentially freezing rain has yet to be determined.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation began prepping roads Wednesday with brine. Chopper 11 HD spotted trucks spraying the solution along Interstate 85 in Durham.
Emergency management officials warned residents they need to be prepared in case of severe weather and lay in enough food for several days. If we do get freezing rain, residents should be prepared to possibly lose power.
Progress Energy said Wednesday that crews from its sister utility in Florida were being moved into the Carolina's to prepare for a worst case scenerio.
Here are the numbers to call to report a power outage:
Progress Energy 1-800-419-6356
Duke Energy 1-800-POWERON
The ABC11 Accuweather team will have more details as the storm approaches. For the most up-to-date forecast, click here for the ABC11 Weather Forecast Blog.