NC weather: Snow likely to start around midnight, last until sunrise Saturday for Wake County

28 January 2022

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A winter weather advisory goes into effect Friday night and lasts through Saturday morning for much of North Carolina.

An advisory is issued when snow is expected but conditions are not hazardous enough to warrant a warning. Still, travel conditions can become slick in some spots, so everybody should be cautious and limit travel when possible.

The majority of central North Carolina can expect between a dusting and two inches of snow Friday night into Saturday morning–with the highest amounts of snow (up to 3 inches) in the Piedmont Triad.

This will be the third straight weekend that the region has experienced a winter storm. This weekend’s storm is not expected to be as significant as the previous two.


Friday will be mostly dry and cool. High temperatures will reach into the upper 40s during the day before dropping into the upper 20s overnight.

Cloud coverage will increase throughout the afternoon with a slight chance for an isolated shower here and there around supper time.

By 10 or 11 p.m. you want to be settled in, as snow will start to move into the western part of the ABC11 viewing area–Roxboro, Burlington, Siler City and even possibly Pinehurst.


The snow spreads east into Wake County by around 1 a.m. Saturday, reaching Interstate 95 by 3-4 a.m.

Snow will continue through the early morning hours, likely ending around sunrise in Wake County and completely moving out of the entire region by 10 a.m.

On the back end of the system, winds will be gusty, reaching speeds up to 30 miles per hour. Saturday will also be very cold with highs only reaching the mid-30s, but you can expect mostly sunny skies.

The storm system will then intensify and become a strong nor’easter that will bring more than a foot of snow for some places in the Northeast.


This winter storm is not expected to dump a bunch of snow all across the region.

In fact, most areas south of Interstate 40 should not expect more than a dusting to one inch of snow accumulation.


Areas around Interstate 85 could see slightly more with accumulation stacking up between 1-2 inches.

The bulk of the snow has shifted west toward the Piedmont Triad. Areas around Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point may get upwards of 3 inches of snow.


January 2022 is bringing the snow to North Carolina. While it’s not unusual for us to see a snowstorm every now and again, this month has been exceptionally active.

SEE ALSO: RDU scrambles to resupply deicer after runway mishap and before next storm strikes

The NCDOT said prepare now because the storm could affect travel across much of North Carolina.

“We pre-treated roads and are ready to respond to this next round of winter weather,” said State Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette. “Please take this storm seriously and get any supplies you may need because snow and bitter cold temperatures will make travel dangerous this weekend.”

Gov. Cooper tours NCDOT maintenance yard as snow prep gets underway

More than 1,100 NCDOT employees and contractors started earlier this week treating roads with brine. As of Friday morning, NCDOT had used nearly 500 trucks to apply 1.5 million gallons of brine.


“Staying off the roads will make it easier for our crews and emergency responders to do their jobs,” said N.C. Department of Transportation’s Chief Operating Officer Beau Memory. “The best thing you can do is stay home once the winter weather starts.”

Gusty winds are expected statewide Friday night and Saturday, which will bring very cold wind chill values, and could lead to isolated power outages and minor coastal flooding.

At RDU, as of 8 p.m., there had been 71 flight delays and 24 flights were canceled.


Forecasts show that light rain followed by snow will move across our state from the west to the east starting Friday evening before exiting the coast Saturday morning.

The first snow came Jan. 3. It started as rain before transitioning into snow and ice, but since this storm came just 48 hours after temperatures were near 80 degrees, the snow could not significantly accumulate or cause travel problems.

The same fortune was not in the cards with the second winter storm, which started January 16. Snow and ice started falling that Sunday afternoon, causing hundreds of car crashes and flight delays in the area, as well as significant power outages in Moore County.

Then just last week, we saw a couple of inches of fluffy snow. The January 21st snowfall was unlike many we get in the area because extremely cold air caused us to get pure snow instead of the usual wintry mix. That fluffy snow was less treacherous for travel conditions, and it resulted in very few area power outages.

WATCH: Aerial views of Triangle area covered in snow on Jan. 22


Due to the possible inclement weather, some schools and businesses may decide to close. You can check up-to-date closings here.
If you are in charge of closings for a school of business, the only way to report your organization’s closing or delay to ABC11 is by using our online system. The phone system that was used in the past is not operational. Your ID code from the phone system remains the same and it also serves as your Pass Code into the online system.
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