Winter Storm Live Update Slippery Roads, Snow Forecast Triangle

After light snowfall in parts of the Triangle overnight, forecasters say precipitation will resume Friday afternoon and continue overnight, leaving one to three inches of snow in central North Carolina.

Slippery conditions were reported on the roads and highways early Friday morning as the snow and rain that had fallen began to freeze while temperatures were in the low 20s. Ice was charged with an ambulance accident in Wake County in which the patient did not survive.

Several crashes have been reported in and around Raleigh, and authorities have urged people to stay home. Officials said those who must be on the roads should be wary of black ice.

The News & Observer follows the evolving forecast and the impact on roads, highways, public transportation and air travel as the storm moves through North Carolina.

Nearly 70 flights canceled at RDU

Updated at 8:00 a.m.: Nearly 70 inbound and outbound flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport were canceled Friday morning.

A total of 32 flights scheduled to arrive at the airport between before 6 a.m. and midnight have been canceled, according to a flight tracker on the airport’s website.

At least 37 departing flights that were scheduled to leave RDU between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. have also been canceled.

Several of the arriving and departing flights affected were American Airlines flights.

The airport has advised anyone traveling via RDU to contact their airline for updated flight status information before traveling to the airport.

Several accidents reported on I-40

Updated at 7:45 a.m.: Two of the five eastbound lanes on Interstate 40 just south of William B. Umstead Park in Raleigh are closed due to a crash early Friday morning.

The crash was reported just before 6:20 a.m. and closed both right-hand lanes on I-40 near exit 289 (Wade Avenue), according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Another multi-vehicle crash occurred on the I-40 overpass at Hammond Road due to ice on the bridge, The N&O’s newsgathering partner ABC11 reported.

An NCDOT crew arrived on the scene to put sand on the road and improve driving conditions, ABC11 reported. Westbound traffic remained closed from 6 a.m.

Ambulance leaves I-87 near Knightdale

Updated at 7:30 a.m.: An ambulance transporting a patient left Interstate 87 in Wake County early Friday morning, overturning while sliding down an embankment, according to the Carolinas Emergency Incident Notification Network.

The patient did not survive, said the emergency service which alerted the firefighters and the rescue services. The crash happened shortly before 3:45 a.m.

ABC11, The N&O’s news gathering partner, reported that the patient, who was being taken to hospital for cardiac arrest, died in the crash. Two other people also had to be taken to hospital, ABC11 reported.

Winter weather advisory in effect for Triangle

Updated at 7:20 a.m.: The National Weather Service has instituted a winter weather advisory for much of central North Carolina that is in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday.

The advisory covers Wake, Durham and Orange counties in the Triangle, as well as Person, Granville, Vance, Warren, Randolph, Alamance and Chatham counties to the west and Franklin County to the east.

After an initial small amount of snow Thursday evening, additional snow is expected to fall in the region Friday afternoon and overnight, the weather service said in an update shortly after 6 a.m.

A total of one to three inches of snow should accumulate.

Drivers should anticipate slippery road conditions, and if you must travel on Friday, drive slowly and with caution, the NWS said.

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This story was originally published January 21, 2022 7:31 a.m.

Avi Bajpai covers breaking news and public safety for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun.

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