Icy conditions on the way to Caldwell
Caldwell County roads are likely to be icy Friday morning, according to weather forecasters.
The National Weather Service even said it was possible that the Lenoir area could see 2 to 4 inches of combined sleet and snow overnight.
The Caldwell County Schools will open on a three-hour delay Friday. Wraparound starts at 9 a.m.
And because sleet, snow or freezing rain may start falling before 9 p.m. tonight, the News-Topic is going to press early, but some carriers may still have trouble navigating remote roads if conditions get slick quickly.
The Weather Channel’s weather.com predicted that a wintry mix could begin between 8 and 9 p.m., with temperatures hovering around freezing as rain, sleet or snow falls throughout the night.
The most detailed forecast for Caldwell County, by Boone-based Ray’s Weather Center, said that the weather system moving through will have near-freezing air near the ground and very slightly warmer air aloft, but where that warmer air will be – which will affect whether we get freezing rain, sleet or snow – is uncertain.
But Ray’s Weather predicted accumulations of ice and snow “on the light side,” an inch or two of sleet and snow and around a tenth of an inch of ice.