After a light dusting, expect ‘blustery wind chills’ on Saturday, NWS says

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Snowfall returned to the Triangle for the third weekend in a row Friday night, albeit in much diminished fashion, with most areas seeing at most a light dusting overnight.

Snow started to accumulate on grassy surfaces in Raleigh just after 3 a.m., the National Weather Service reported, and snowfall had stopped within a few hours, with snow bands moving out of the Triad by 6 a.m. and the Triangle about an hour later.

Zachary Bugg runs along Crabtree Creek Trail in Raleigh after a light dusting of snow accumulated on the boardwalk structures on the trail Saturday morning, Jan. 29, 2022.
Zachary Bugg runs along Crabtree Creek Trail in Raleigh after a light dusting of snow accumulated on the boardwalk structures on the trail Saturday morning, Jan. 29, 2022.

At the weather service’s office in Raleigh, a quarter inch of snow had accumulated as of 7 a.m.

In southwestern Durham, a light dusting had fallen on trees, bushes and grassy areas, according to a photo posted by a resident on Twitter.

Cold air was expected to continue moving through the region on Saturday, the NWS warned.

The combination of breezy conditions throughout the Triangle was expected to lead to “blustery wind chills” in the low to mid 20s on Saturday afternoon that were projected to fall into the teens at night, the weather service said.

A winter weather advisory in effect for Wake, Durham and several other nearby counties remained in place until 9 a.m., and warned drivers of possible slippery road conditions.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation did not report any major overnight crashes or related issues on Triangle-area roads, but advised drivers to slow down on wet roads.

NCDOT crews that began treating roads earlier in the week would continue treating “isolated trouble spots,” the agency said.

City workers in Durham also treated downtown sidewalks on Saturday morning, as they recorded below freezing temperatures and cautioned people to stay aware of slick conditions if they ventured outside.

Several flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport scheduled to and from destinations on the East Coast, particularly the Northeast, parts of which were under winter storm and blizzard warnings and were bracing for a thick blanket of snowfall, had been canceled.

A total of 36 outgoing flights scheduled to depart between 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. were canceled, as were 32 flights set to arrive at the airport between before 8 a.m. and just after midnight, according to a flight status tracker on the airport’s website.

Nearly half of the canceled flights were headed to or coming from New York. Other cities with canceled flights included Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, as well as Atlanta and Nashville.