The Triangle has a, let’s say, poor reputation for handling winter weather. That reputation was reinforced last night and today, as a mix of snow and sleet hit the region. Dozens of schools closed, government offices delayed opening, and a lot of people got into car wrecks.
The most recent WRAL report says three hundred automotive collisions occurred in the Triangle (plus over a thousand statewide) between midnight and 10:30 a.m. It’s safe to say there have been several more in the hours since.
Granted, sleet makes the roads slick, but for context, this is how much snow is in my yard right now:
And here is how drivers handled this accumulation, per the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and Durham Police Department:
A tip for drivers from a hardened midwesterner: Just go slow, and don’t freak out and slam the brakes when you sense a little ice underneath.
Looks like this will all melt away in the next day or so. In the meantime, be safe.