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Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Chatham County and surrounding areas

Posted Sunday, January 9, 2011

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Chatham County, NC - The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain... which is in effect from 7 am Monday to 4 pm Tuesday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Locations affected: all of central North Carolina is expected to be affected by this storm.

Precipitation types: snow is expected to develop over the southern Piedmont and southern coastal plain near sunrise reaching The Triad and Triangle regions by mid afternoon. The snow is expected to transition to freezing rain, initially mixed with sleet late Monday evening south of Highway 64 and by early Tuesday morning to the north. Freezing rain will become dominate in the hours prior to sunrise Tuesday. The event will end with light drizzle or freezing drizzle Tuesday afternoon.

Accumulation: one to two inches of snow can be expected before midnight, mainly near and west of Goldsboro, Raleigh and Roxboro. Precipitation will transition to mainly freezing rain as sunrise approaches. Accumulations of one tenth inch ice are forecast before precipitation ends as drizzle or freezing drizzle Tuesday afternoon.

Timing: snow is expected before noon Monday south of Highway 64 and spread north during the afternoon. The transition to mixed wintry precipitation will occur late Monday night... with mostly freezing rain expected after midnight Monday night. Precipitation will end as drizzle or freezing drizzle Tuesday afternoon.

Impacts: roads may become hazardous with the snowfall on Monday, with hazardous conditions persisting into Tuesday. Light ice accumulations could result in scattered power

Temperatures: will reach the mid 30s before the snow arrives Monday... then fall below freezing as snow becomes widespread. Temperatures will be in the mid 20s to lower 30s Monday night, then rise to the mid and upper 30s Tuesday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.

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