2014 Snowstorm

Sports
8:48 am
Mon February 17, 2014

UNC-Duke Rivalry Heats Back Up After Snow Day

Rivals Duke and UNC Basketball will face off Thursday after winter weather canceled their last match-up.
Credit Duke Photography

Last week's winter storm canceled the men's basketball game between fierce rivals North Carolina and Duke. 

Meetings between coaches, athletic directors and the Atlantic Coast Conference resulted in the contest being rescheduled for this Thursday night in Chapel Hill.  That means both teams will be playing four games in eight days. 

The Tar Heels beat Pittsburgh over the weekend while the Blue Devils got past Maryland.  Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Sirius-XM it's a challenging week.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri February 14, 2014

VIDEO: 'Snow Day The Musical'

The Holderness family produces and stars in their own videos.
Credit Still from Video

Penn Holderness and Kim Dean Holderness, the brains behind the 2013 viral video 'Xmas Jammies', have a new video out: 'Snow Day: The Musical.'

'Xmas Jammies' is closing in on 14 million Youtube views. Could the dynamic duo do it again? Well, with so many kids and families at home, we bet the odds are likely.

If you didn't catch it the first time, here's 'Xmas Jammies':

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Black Ice
8:50 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Black Ice Danger Looms After Winter Storm

After a two day storm, black ice is still making for treacherous roadways.
Credit Danielle Scott / Flickr Creative Commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielle_scott/

The two-day snow and ice storm has finally stopped, but hazardous road conditions remain.

Kathleen Carroll is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh. She said temperatures rose into the upper-30s yesterday, causing the snow to start melting.

“The problem is that it didn't really dry out a whole lot before the sun set and temperatures started to fall again,” Carroll said. “So what's we've seen over night is a pretty good development of black ice on area roads.”

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Winter Storm 2014
2:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Winter Storm 2014 - Previous Updates

This still shot from the traffic cameras on I-40 show heavy, stalled traffic. (Image taken at 12:59 p.m.)
Credit still shot from WRAL video feed

The most recent updates are now found at this new post.

(This blog was from the first day of the storm, Wednesday 2/12/14)

Update 4:25 p.m.:

“Many businesses work to help their communities when bad weather strikes, but if you spot anyone using this storm to make an unfair profit off consumers, let us know about it." - Attorney General Roy Cooper

Update 4:19 p.m.:

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Snowstorm 2014
2:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Stranded At Southpoint, Employees Make The Best Of It

The Streets at Southpoint Mall served as a shelter for some during the snowstorm.
Credit Dave DeWitt

A normal Wednesday night at the Streets at Southpoint mall is a swirling mass of activity. Shoppers. Diners. Teenagers on escalators. But this Wednesday was not a normal night.

“Everybody seemed fine until they realized, oh shoot, it’s really coming down,” said Maureen White, an employee of the mall. “It came on so quick.”

Maureen proved pretty quick herself. About 1:30 in the afternoon she called the hotel across the street and booked a room.

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Environment
7:40 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Storm Forces Drivers To Abandon Vehicles, Set Out On Foot

Drivers stranded along the side of the road on highway 54 in Chapel Hill.
Credit Jennifer Coffman

The snow began falling in the Triangle around noon, causing many who were still at work to quickly head out on the roads. That caused major gridlock across the region. 

Hundreds if not thousands of motorists abandoned their vehicles along I-40 or the Raleigh Beltline or on the side of roads. Many walked home several miles through the snow.

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Heating Bills
2:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fayetteville Residents Look For Help With Heating Bills

The Salvation Army Logo
Credit The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Fayetteville administers two funds for those in financial need. The first, know as CIP (Crisis Intervention Program) is there to help people whose electricity could be cut off at any minute.

The second, known as LEAP (pronounced "lee-app") is a seasonal fund to help cover higher-than-usual heating bills. After a polar vortex and an uncharacteristically heavy snowfall, LEAP is being put to the test this week.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Some Schools Still Closed From Winter Storm, Officials Plan Make Up Days

Several state school districts canceled classes because of snow and ice accumulation.
Credit ecksunderscore via Flickr Creative Commons

With many schools across eastern and central North Carolina still closed this morning, school officials say they are working to ensure students make up the appropriate number of days.

Each school year, most districts build in additional days in case of closings due to inclement weather.

Jeff Nash, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system, says his district designated eight days that could be used to make up time.

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Environment
5:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Tour The Snowy Outer Banks (Virtually) By Motorcycle Or Four Wheel Drive

Still shot from Youtube video
Credit Carolina Designs Realty

Interested in really seeing how things look on the Coast? Some brave soul at Carolina Designs Realty strapped a helmet to his head and recorded his ventures out this morning:

"Here's my attempt to make it to the beach this morning on the Outer Banks. The van was stuck so I had to resort to other measures. Luckily the old trusty Yamaha TTR 125 was there to help me with the job":

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Environment
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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