'Wintry Mix' hitting parts of NC

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The National Weather Service has already issued a winter storm watch for Friday lasting into Saturday.

ABC11 Chief Met. Chris Hohmann says the storm system will bring mostly rain, but there will be a mix of snow and sleet at the start of the storm for areas from the Triangle to the north and west.

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Snow and sleet accumulations will be light, an inch or less, but there could be some slick spots on area roads in the morning.

"Any wintry precipitation will quickly change to rain during the morning hours and then our focus turns towards the threat of heavy rain," Hohmann said. "Rainfall amounts will range from 1-2 inches, and that could result in some flooding. A Flood Watch is in effect from Raleigh to the south and east for Friday."

Rainfall will diminish Friday night, but another disturbance will move overhead Saturday. So some snow showers are possible Saturday, especially from the Triangle to the north. Accumulations should be light.

To the south, the morning commute could be affected depending on where the line between rain and frozen precipitation lands.

Officials say DOT workers will be sitting and waiting for the precipitation to start falling.

Once that happens, they say they'll be spreading salt and sand solution on main roads and wet spots, with the hope of keep them clear and safe for the morning commute.

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