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Environment
8:40 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Storm System Grazes NC Today

Light flurries are possible in the Triangle, and heavier toward the Triad today.
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A storm system is moving up the East Coast, but it's not likely to have a heavy impact South of Virginia.

Ryan Ellis is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He says we should expect some light precipitation and temperatures in the 30s this morning.

“Still cold enough to get some snow, but certainly not cold enough to cause major impacts,” said Ellis. “And this time of year, in late March, we know, from climatology, that it's just very hard to get a significant event here in North Carolina this late in the year.”

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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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Ice Storm
8:45 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Ice Storm Could Rival 2002 Storm Outages

Meteorologists say coming icy conditions could be similar to the ice storm that hit North Carolina in 2002.
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Forecasters say a serious ice storm is headed our way.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Moneypenny says conditions could be similar to those of a 2002 ice storm that caused long power-outages across the state.

Ice increases the risk of branches snapping power lines, and of motorists sliding off the road into utility poles.

Moneypenney says parts of the Piedmont could receive up to five inches of snow. It will fall on ground that's already frozen, and the air isn't likely to warm up until the weekend.

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Weather supplies
8:40 am
Wed February 12, 2014

North Carolinians Are Stocking Up Before The Storm

North Carolinians are stocking up on supplies as they prepare for a storm that will bring heavy snow and ice.
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The National Weather Service is calling for an ice storm, not unlike one that crippled the state in 2002. Home and business owners are on the lookout for rock salt, but they're having trouble finding it.

Eileen Beatty manages Pope True Value Hardware in Durham. She says winter inventory has gotten slim since the last snowstorm.

“We don't have anything here. All the salt is gone. Kerosene heaters are gone. Electric heaters are gone. I got two snow shovels left... Two saucers and two sleds,” Beatty said. “And that's it.”

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Weather
10:50 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Power Companies Are Bracing For Ice, Outages

Ice is expected to cover most of North Carolina this week, which means power outages are likely.
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While the state transportation department is already out salting roads, utility companies are closely monitoring the weather forecast today.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Ellis said light snow is likely this afternoon, getting heavy tomorrow into Thursday. By tomorrow afternoon, he said, ice will coat much of the state.

Jane Pritchard is a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. She said it would take a heavy snowfall to mess with power lines, but just a half-inch of ice can do a lot of damage.

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Environment
8:39 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Freezing Weather Threatens Blood Bank Supply

The Red Cross says North Carolina blood banks at 1,500 units short, after winter weather has caused dozens of drives to be canceled.
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The Polar Vortex isn’t loosening its grip on North Carolina. Freezing temperatures hit a record-low seven degrees in Elizabeth City this morning. Chowan County in the eastern part of the state had 9 inches of snow on the ground by yesterday afternoon.

But a series of cold spells and and days of icy roads have led to the cancellation of dozens of blood drives.

Lu Esposito of the Red Cross said the Triangle region is short 1,500 units of blood of all types.

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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.)
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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
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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