North Carolina received record snowfall in multiple areas on Wednesday. Snowfall began early Wednesday morning and lasted into the evening in some parts of the Triangle. The University is operating on suspended operations until noon on Friday.
Some parts of Orange County recorded between 10 and 12 inches of snow, while some southern and eastern counties counted less than an inch. Temperatures in the Triangle rose between 30 and 40 degrees Thursday afternoon, but hazardous road conditions remained as temperatures dropped below freezing again Thursday night.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Orange County and most of central North Carolina until noon on Friday.
School districts across North Carolina canceled school for students and staff through the end of the week, including Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged drivers to stay off the road on Thursday.
“The snow was beautiful today, but it will be treacherous tonight,” Cooper said according to the News & Observer.
Cooper said the North Carolina State Highway Patrol had responded to over 2200 calls statewide as of Wednesday night due to hazardous road conditions, according to the News & Observer.
“Motorists who venture out not only place themselves at risk, but also, our first responders,” Colonel Glenn McNeill said, according to WRAL News.
Grace Rountree, a media spokesperson for Duke Energy, said that the power outages across North Carolina were largely caused by snow-covered trees falling onto power lines. Hazardous road conditions delayed response crews to many areas affected by outages, she said.