Winter Storm Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* LOCATION... FOR THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA... ROUGHLY ALONG AND EAST OF A LINE FROM ROCKINGHAM TO SANFORD TO RALEIGH TO ROANOKE RAPIDS.

* ACCUMULATION... TWO TO FIVE INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER SECTIONS OF WAYNE... SAMPSON AND CUMBERLAND COUNTIES.

* TIMING... WHILE SNOW COULD START AS EARLY AS 3 PM OVER THE SANDHILLS AND SOUTHERN COASTAL PLAIN COUNTIES... THE BULK OF SNOW WILL OCCUR TUESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACTS... SNOWFALL RATES OF AN INCH PER HOUR FOR SEVERAL CONSECUTIVE HOURS WILL QUICKLY COAT ROAD SURFACES. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY. THE SNOW WILL LIKELY IMPACT TRAVEL ON SUCH MAJOR ARTERIES AS I-95... HIGHWAY 301... HIGHWAY 701... I-40 EAST OF RALEIGH... HIGHWAYS 64 AND 264 EAST OF RALEIGH... AND HIGHWAY 401 SOUTH OF RALEIGH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW... SLEET... OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS

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