A much-heralded winter storm roaring up the East Coast left powdery snow on the Triangle and most of Eastern North Carolina overnight, closing schools, covering roads and dropping temperatures into the mid-20s.
Four people in North Carolina have died as a result of the storm. Two men died in when their truck overturned in a creek in Moore County and a man in Beaufort County died when his truck drove off a private road and overturned. A fourth man was found dead in Surf City Thursday morning inside a vehicle rescuers pulled from a canal. Police said weather contributed to the crash.
Thousands across the state were without power as of noon Thursday, mostly in Currituck, Dare, Harnett, Pamlico, Rockingham and Wake counties. Power outages peaked at 20,000 overnight.
Now, dangerous cold and black ice will be the biggest challenges across the area for the next few days. Lows may drop into single digits Friday morning, with the wind chill near zero.
Central North Carolina remained under a winter weather advisory Thursday evening until Saturday at the earliest and a wind chill advisory spread across much of the eastern and northern parts of the state.
Wake County courts, county and town facilities across the Triangle planned to delay opening on Friday.
There’s another chance of snow on Monday between 8 a.m. and noon for central North Carolina, including the Raleigh and Triangle areas, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh. That will be followed by a chance of rain, but with a high of 49 expected, and a low of 36, it’s unlikely that rain will freeze.
Rain is also possible on Tuesday and a high of 51, but the low Tuesday night will drop back down below freezing, the weather service said.
Snow totals in the Triangle reached an inch in most places and 1.5 to 2 inches in areas including Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Clayton, ABC 11 meteorologists and the weather service reported.
Accumulations were much heavier to the south and east; about six inches fell in Pinehurst and much of Moore County, according to the National Weather Service. Five inches fell in Raeford, just south of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. To the east, six inches also fell in Nashville, near Rocky Mount, and three inches fell in Goldsboro. Areas near the coast and in the northeastern corner of the state received as much as 7.5 inches.
Cary Police received multiple calls of children walking onto icy ponds and lakes on Thursday, according to Sgt. Robin Edwards. At least one teenager was rescued after falling through the ice of a Cary lake.
“Trust us, it may look safe enough for play, but the ice is not thick enough,” Edwards said. “People have already fallen into the water. Please do not play or allow your children to play on frozen surfaces.”