GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A major ice storm has finally exited the Triad, but left an icy mess and many downed trees, power lines and numerous power outages in it's wake.
Freezing rain accumulations by Friday morning ranged anywhere from 1/4" to 1/2" of solid ice, coating everything in site across the Triad. This is far too much weight for trees to handle. That, coupled with winds gusting up to 30 mph, downed countless trees across the area, snarling traffic as roads became blocked.
Snow and sleet added insult to injury, accumulating to several inches north and west of the Piedmont. Wilkesboro saw 7" and Reidsville saw 6" of snow before the storm switched over to rain.
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After clearing through Friday afternoon the sky will remain partly cloudy through much of the night with low temperatures returning to the upper 20s to low 30s. The below freezing temperatures will cause most of the melted snow and ice to refreeze Friday night and make for icy conditions again Saturday morning. As a result a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of the Triad until 9am Saturday.
Saturday will be a rapid transition to spring-like weather with sunshine and temperatures that soar well into the 60's. This will be good weather for clearing all the debris left in the wake of this winter storm.
Keep in mind, that walking under trees remain quite unsafe throughout the afternoon and evening.