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3:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Polar Bear Enjoys A Swim: Finally NC Water Is Just Right Temp

Patches the Polar Bear enjoys space to himself at the NC Zoo. (The zoo is closed 1/29/14.)
Credit North Carolina Zoo via Twitter

The North Carolina Zoo posted a terrific video: the resident polar bear enjoys a paddle.

(The zoo is currently closed due to the cold conditions.)

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Environment
12:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Winter Weather Advisory Still In Effect

The National Weather Service's preliminary snowfall map, based on reports they've received from the public so far. 9 a.m., 1/29/14
Credit National Weather Service, Raleigh via Facbook

From the National Weather Service in Raleigh:

A winter weather advisory continues through noon Thursday for all of central North Carolina:

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Environment
11:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

On The Road Today? Remember *47 (And Three More Tips For Drivers)

Photographer Rick Anderson took this image on the Outer Banks.
Credit Rick Anderson @OBXPhotos via Twitter

Crews have been out all night, plowing and salting roads in the areas affected by last night's snowstorm. Roads and bridges are open, but many secondary roads still have snow and ice. The NC Department of Transportation reports that high winds on N.C. 12 in Dare County have blown sand on the road through the night. The road is open, but may be down to one lane in some places.

Most of us know the tips for driving on snow and ice: drive cautiously, leave extra room between you and the car in front of you. Here are some tips you may not know:

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Weather
11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Snow Day: Authorities Mobilize As The State Shuts Down

US 64, Wendell
Credit NC Department of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is all hands on deck this morning.

More than four hundred trucks have been in action over the last 48 hours pre-treating and clearing roadways of snow from the mountains to the Outer Banks.

The western piedmont got about an inch of snow, and some areas of the Triangle near I-95 have seen 5 inches. Snow accumulations in Easter North Carolina could exceed six inches.

Most schools across the region are closed today.

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Environment
10:55 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Drifting Snow On The Outer Banks

Caption from Twitter: Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, beautiful even when surrounded by snow. 9:32 a.m. 1/29/14
Credit Seaside Vacations @SeasideVacation via Twitter / www.OuterBanksVacations.com

Photographers and videographers have been out on the Outer Banks this morning, taking stock of the snow.

Rick Anderson plies his trade in Kill Devil Hills, NC. He has been busy documenting the precipitation near his home.

He's out on the roads, taking pictures. He headed to the beach to look at the accumulation.

Earlier this morning Rick Anderson posted this to Twitter:

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Environment
10:20 am
Wed January 29, 2014

All NC Ferry Routes Are Currently Not In Service

Environment
10:12 am
Wed January 29, 2014

#ShowYourCans - How Do You Measure Snow?

Measuring the snow fall via a fence?
Credit @VisitNC via Twitter

Updated 4:26 p.m. with new images.

Lots of us measure the snow by looking at our patio furniture. That's fun and easy, for sure.

Do you have a different way to measure the snow near you? Share your shots!

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Environment
8:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Social Media: Follow The Snow Here, There, And Most Everywhere

North Raleigh 8:36 a.m. 1/29/14
Credit WRAL's Stephanie Beck via Twitter

Those white flakes accumulated all around the state. More fell on the coast than around the Triangle area and Piedmont.

Here are some images and tweets from Twitter - people who tagged images "ncwx".

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Environment
1:39 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Social Media And Snow - Where To Be Online When It's Snowy Outside

Look for NCDOT on Twitter
Credit Dave DeWitt

Looking to follow news about the storm on Twitter? Look for the hashtags #ncwx or #ncsnow. Also, as the storm revs up on the outer banks, search for #snOBX.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is @NCDOT.  They have 16,340 followers. They live tweet information, even videos. Here's one, hosted by a snowplow driver, about when they decide to start plowing the roads:

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Environment
8:03 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Storm Could Bring A Half-Foot Of Snow To The Triangle

Snow is likely across much of North Carolina today.
Credit Gerry Dincher, Lumber Bridge Presbyterian / Wikipedia Creative Commons

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the state today.

Raleigh Forecaster Scott Sharp says highs aren't likely to rise above the mid-20s today, and wind chill could make it feel like the teens.

Snow will start to fall this afternoon. Sharp says up to three inches could fall in the West, and up to six inches of snow is possible near I-95. The coast could see up to eight inches.

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