Snow blanketing Triangle, south

RALEIGH

The winter storm could drop as many as 1 to 3 inches of snow in the Triangle and as much as 2 to 4 inches to south in the Sandhills.

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"Although we will not see as much snow as we did a few weeks ago, be sure to drive with caution later into the evening as there could be some slippery spots on the road," Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann said. "Temperatures will be in the upper 20s."

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The winter storm will move out of the area by Saturday morning, leaving cold temperatures.

"We should see some sun in the afternoon with temperatures around 40 degrees," Hohmann said. "Mostly clear skies are expected into Saturday night as a high pressure system makes its way into the Triangle. Temperatures will be in the lower 20s."

Because temperatures will be below freezing Saturday night and into Sunday morning, refreezing is likely, so officials say to keep an eye on the roads before driving.

Hohmann says Sunday will be mostly sunny and chilly with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 20s.

Road preps

The DOT has been spraying brine on Triangle roads since Friday morning. Officials say unlike the last snow storm, there won't be any rain with this one, so the brine would not wash away.

They did get a late jump on it this go around. We're told it takes DOT crews about 30 hours to get the salt-water mix down on all the roads they target in the amounts they want.

However because of the late warning, DOT crews had only about 15 hours or so to put brine down.

There will be all hands on deck in Wake County overnight clearing the roadways for drivers.

The same storm system is hitting the deep south with even more snow and the DOT in Cumberland County are ready for action.

Crews were installing spreaders and plows Friday morning and they also made thousands of gallons of brine.

The DOT crews have been working 12 hour shifts since Thursday.

The DOT is reminding drivers to stay off the roads unless it's absolutely necessary to drive. That way their crews can plow away any accumulation.

In Durham Friday night, a car slid-off Cook Road just south of MLK due to the slick roadway.

Three people were in the car, but an ambulance only took one of them to the hospital.

That section of Cook Road had to be closed as authorities cleared the scene.

Meanwhile, the storm has forced several businesses, schools and churches to cancel activities this weekend.

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