NC snow: Winter weather brings significant snowfall to Raleigh-Durham region

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The snow storm that arrived in the Triangle on Sunday is finally pulling away from the region.

As of this evening some areas in the Triangle have seen as much as 14 inches of snow. As we move through the overnight temperatures will remain in the lower 30s.

Another round of precipitation will develop across the region later tonight with surface temperatures near freezing and some slight warming remaining aloft, which means the threat of a wintry mix remains, especially from the Triangle to the north and west.

Before winter officially started (winter officially starts Dec. 21), many areas in North Carolina exceeded their average snowfall for the entire winter season.

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Sunday evening
Triangle: Rain
North of RDU: Wintry Mix
South of RDU: May see a break from precipitation

Temperatures will remain between 32-34 degrees. ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann said most of the ABC11 viewing area will avoid a hard freeze overnight.
Some areas north and west of Raleigh-Durham could dip below 32 degrees, but the majority of the area will stay above freezing.

Monday 7:30 a.m.
Triangle: Light wintry mix
North of RDU: Snow near Greensboro
South of RDU: Rain

Snow totals
Snow started falling early Sunday morning, blanketing much of North Carolina by the time the sun rose.

Before winter has officially started (winter officially starts Dec. 21), many areas in North Carolina have already exceeded their average snowfall for the entire winter season.

RDU averages just under 7 inches of snow per season. RDU averages 0.6 inches of snow in December.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, RDU had received 7 inches of snow on Sunday.

RDU is now tied for the third highest daily snowfall amount in December.

Click here to see all official totals.

School Closings

Click here to see a full list of school closings.

Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools are closed on Monday. A full list can be found here.

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Most major roads are in good condition, but there are slick, wet spots on side roads in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.


The snow is causing significant problems on the roads. Check the traffic map here.

"Enjoy the beauty, but respect the danger," Governor Roy Cooper said during a news conference Sunday morning. He said there have been more than 500 wrecks in the state since midnight.

GoTriangle, GoCary, GoDurham, and Chapel Hill Transit have suspended all service for the rest of the day.

GoRaleigh resumed service on primary streets at noon. Check for more information.

Durham police responded to more than 20 weather-related crashes between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Additionally, officers have responded to more than 25 calls to assist stranded motorists. No injuries have been reported.

Currently, Duke Street is closed in both directions between Leon Avenue and Murray Avenue. There are also power outages at the intersections of Chapel Hill Road/Anderson Street and Chapel Hill Road/Lakewood Avenue. Power is also out on Garrett Road.

Business closings

The winter storm has caused hundreds of businesses to close. Check the full list here.

Crabtree Valley Mall is closing at 3 p.m. Restaurant and anchor store hours may vary.

Flights canceled

More than 100 flights into and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport were canceled Sunday morning.

Southwest has canceled all flights; American Airlines has canceled all regional operations.

Check flights here.

Power outages

147,325 people are without power across North Carolina, according to NCDOT officials.

Around 1,100 of those are in Wake County.


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