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NC weather: Winter storm warning shifts east, pushes higher snow totals to I-95 and changes weather forecast

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) - Major changes in the winter storm outlook have changed where the worst weather will hit.

The coastal footprint settles further south and east, meaning the area west of Interstate 95 will have drier air than expected.

This is why these areas are no longer under warning of winter storms. Instead, they have been downgraded to a winter storm advice.


The chances of rain rising around noon Thursday. Temperatures on Thursday will be in the upper 40s, but they will start to drop in the afternoon.

Around. 15-17, the rain can turn into a mixture of snow and sleet around the border between North Carolina and Virginia. It will continue through the evening with the wintry mix pushing south into the triangle and Sandhills at.

After midnight, most of the precipitation in the region is sleet, but it is not expected to be constant and widespread. Temperatures drop to the low 20 degrees overnight Thursday through Friday

"Accumulation appears to be less than 1 inch, maybe a light dusting for stains. But if you have to work overnight, as we do, there's a chance there will be some slippery stains in the morning hours on Friday," ABC11 meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy explained.

The storm could increase throughout the region all Friday with a snow and winter mix possible in most places. You will probably see more wintery mix in the afternoon and evening hours on Friday.

But again, the dry air is likely to mean that the storm will not consist of widespread, prolonged rain showers of snow and sleet.

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Sandhills and areas east of Wake County can expect a dusty to an empty snowfall.

Wake County and areas northeast of Franklin and Warren counties should be prepared for 1-2 inches of snow accumulation.

The heaviest snowfall is expected in areas near Nash, Halifax and Edgecombe counties.


Ice accumulation is also possible in some places. The areas that are most likely to see ice accumulation are south and near I-95, such as Cumberland, Sampson and Bladen counties.

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Due to the possible bad weather, some schools and businesses may decide to close. You can check for updated closures here.

If you are responsible for closures for a business school, the only way to report your organization's closure or delay to ABC11 is by post. by using our online system. The phone system used in the past is not working. Your ID code from the telephone system remains the same and it also acts as your password for the online system.
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