Message from NCDAAS–
Some light rain & sleet activity is moving into central portions of the state, but temperatures are well above freezing across central NC and we do not expect travel problems until later this evening. Some light snow showers are also beginning to move into the southwestern mountains. Conditions will continue to deteriorate this evening and overnight as precipitation increases and temperatures begin to fall. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for much of the state, with Winter Weather Advisories posted for southeastern areas beginning this evening and continuing through the day Saturday.
The forecast and ‘Most Likely Snowfall’ map remains unchanged from this morning. Areas along the US-1 corridors in central NC will likely be in a transition zone of those who see predominately snow with some sleet and those that see predominately sleet with some snow. This will create a sharp gradient in snowfall totals somewhere in this area. Regardless of the primary precipitation type, expect very hazardous driving conditions through the weekend.
Seventy-five percent of all winter weather related deaths occur on the road. Unnecessary travel should be avoided tonight through Sunday morning. However, if you must venture out, take the necessary precautions to travel safely.