Icy conditions on the way to Caldwell

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

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.