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Live Weather Blog: First snow of the season brings thousands of power outages, storm damage

Several school districts were on a delay Tuesday due to black ice concerns.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Monday was a wild weather day in the Triad. It started with heavy rain and howling winds and turned into our first snow of the season. On Tuesday, several Triad school districts were delayed due to black ice concerns, and thousands of homes were still without power after more than 24 hours. 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5: Day 3 of outages

 8:00 p.m. -- As of this report, only a few hundred triad families are still without power. Here's what Duke Energy's outage map is reporting: 

DUKE ENERGY: TOTAL NC OUTAGES – NC - Customers Without Power: 524

  • Alamance -- 21
  • Davidson -- 7
  • Forsyth -- 1
  • Guilford -- 241
  • Randolph -- 27
  • Rockingham -- 1

Estimated Time of Restoration

  • ALAMANCE – Jan. 5. 8:45 p.m.
  • DAVIDSON – Jan. 6. 12:00 p.m.  
  • FORSYTH – Jan. 5. 10:15 p.m. 
  • GUILFORD – Jan. 6. 3:00 p.m. 
  • RANDOLPH – Jan. 6. 12:00 p.m. 
  • ROCKINGHAM – Jan. 5. 10:00 p.m. 

TUESDAY, JAN. 4: Day 2 of outages

10:15 p.m. Outage restoration update. To view more updates, check out this Duke Energy map. The numbers in Rockingham County have since fluctuated in the last several hours. 

DUKE ENERGY: TOTAL NC OUTAGES – NC - Customers Without Power: 3,336

  • Alamance -- 41
  • Davidson -- 167
  • Forsyth -- 610
  • Guilford -- 1,351
  • Randolph -- 375
  • Rockingham -- 240

Estimated Time of Restoration

  • ALAMANCE – Jan. 5. 6:00 p.m.
  • DAVIDSON – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m.  
  • FORSYTH – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 
  • GUILFORD – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 
  • RANDOLPH – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 
  • ROCKINGHAM – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 

9:45 p.m. Duke Energy crews continue to work on restoring power for people across the state.

DUKE ENERGY: TOTAL NC OUTAGES – NC - Customers Without Power: 4,647

  • Alamance -- 25
  • Davidson -- 209
  • Forsyth -- 620
  • Guilford -- 1,370
  • Randolph -- 460
  • Rockingham -- 1,305

Estimated Time of Restoration

  • ALAMANCE – Jan. 5. 6:00 p.m.
  • DAVIDSON – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m.  
  • FORSYTH – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 
  • GUILFORD – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 
  • RANDOLPH – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 
  • ROCKINGHAM – Jan. 5. 7:00 p.m. 

6:00 p.m. Outage restoration is on the way! 

DUKE ENERGY: TOTAL NC OUTAGES – NC - Customers Without Power:14,149

  • Alamance -- 339
  • Davidson -- 214
  • Forsyth -- 907
  • Guilford -- 2,048
  • Randolph -- 544
  • Rockingham -- 1,580 

Estimated Time of Restoration

  • ALAMANCE – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m.
  • DAVIDSON – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m.  
  • FORSYTH – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • GUILFORD – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • RANDOLPH – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • ROCKINGHAM – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 

As of 2:32 p.m., there are still thousands without electricity after the power outages from the winter storm. 

DUKE ENERGY: TOTAL NC OUTAGES – NC - Customers Without Power:14,149

  • Alamance -- 630
  • Davidson -- 622
  • Davie -- 143
  • Forsyth -- 1,580
  • Guilford -- 2,903
  • Randolph -- 1,052
  • Rockingham -- 1,580

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: TOTAL OUTAGES – 78

ENERGY UNITED: 481

8:45 a.m. -- As of this report, thousands of Triad families are still without power after more than 24 hours. Here's what Duke Energy's outage map is reporting: 

  • Alamance -- 1,300+ 
  • Davidson -- 1,500+ 
  • Forsyth -- 5,000+ 
  • Guilford -- 5,000+ 
  • Randolph -- 1,800+ 
  • Rockingham -- 1,500+

MONDAY, JAN. 3: First snow of season

11:21 p.m. WFMY News 2 viewers share snow photos along with some snowstorm damage photos. 

10:30 p.m. - The weather team is watching another potential system for Thursday. Here's what we know about the possibility of another rain/snow mixture. 

10:00 p.m. Duke Energy crews are working to restore power throughout the evening.

DUKE ENERGY: 

  • TOTAL NC OUTAGES – 35,614
  • ALAMANCE – 1,287
  • DAVIDSON – 1,738
  • DAVIE – 178
  • FORSYTH – 6,192
  • GUILFORD – 5,475
  • MONTGOMERY – 15
  • RANDOLPH – 2,204
  • ROCKINGHAM – 1,394
  • STOKES – 530
  • SURRY – 4
  • WILKES – 1
  • YADKIN – 0

Estimated Time of Restoration

  • ALAMANCE – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m.
  • DAVIDSON – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • DAVIE – Jan. 4. 11:45 p.m. 
  • FORSYTH – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • GUILFORD – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • MONTGOMERY – Jan. 4. 8:00 p.m. 
  • RANDOLPH – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • ROCKINGHAM – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • STOKES – Jan. 4. 11:59 p.m. 
  • SURRY – Repairs and Damage Assessment Underway. 
  • WILKES – Jan. 4. 11:00 a.m. 

7:00 p.m. - No, you shouldn't drive with your hazardous lights on because your turn lights won't work and that could be a real big problem during winter weather. 

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6:30 p.m. - The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it's sent out 65 trucks to the Triad to spread salt on busy roads and interstates. They plan to have night shift workers continuing to treat the roads as ice forms. 

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6:10 p.m. - A powerline is down in the area of West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro. Make sure to use caution in the area. 

6:00 p.m. - Official snow total at PTI Airport today: 2.0 inches.

5:51 p.m. - The coldest night of winter will arrive Monday night. 

5:26 p.m. Power outages continue to be restored in the Triad. 

DUKE ENERGY: 

  • TOTAL NC OUTAGES – 65,984
  • ALAMANCE – 2,239
  • DAVIDSON – 2,557
  • DAVIE – 192
  • FORSYTH – 10,398
  • GUILFORD – 9,157
  • MONTGOMERY – 241
  • RANDOLPH – 3,333
  • ROCKINGHAM – 2,136
  • STOKES – 976
  • SURRY – 2
  • WILKES – 4
  • YADKIN – 0

HIGH POINT ELECTRIC: 

  • TOTAL OUTAGES – 510

SURRY-YADKIN EMC:

No Outages Reported

RANDOLPH ELECTRIC: 

  • ALAMANCE – 35
  • MONTGOMERY – 760
  • RANDOLPH – 453

ENERGY UNITED: 

  • DAVIDSON – 1,421
  • DAVIE – 311
  • FORSYTH – 191
  • GUILFORD – 107
  • MONTGOMERY – 16
  • RANDOLPH – 316
  • ROCKINGHAM – 564
  • STOKES – 284
  • WILKES – 0
  • YADKIN – 34

2:20 p.m. -- Power outage update:

  • ALAMANCE – 4,600+
  • DAVIDSON –  2,423+
  • DAVIE – 1,386
  • FORSYTH – 16,017+
  • GUILFORD – 13,395+
  • RANDOLPH – 5,375+
  • ROCKINGHAM – 3,074+
  • STOKES – 1,428+

2:00 p.m. -- Power outage update: 

  • ALAMANCE -- 4,600+ 
  • DAVIDSON -- 2,300+ 
  • DAVIE -- 1,500+ 
  • FORSYTH -- 16,000+ (down 1,000+ in last hour)
  • GUILFORD -- 13,300+ (down 4,000 in last hour)
  • RANDOLPH -- 5,300+ 
  • ROCKINGHAM -- 3,000+ 
  • STOKES -- 1,400+

Triad 911 communications centers have been busy with calls all day. Here are some of the calls that the Winston-Salem Police Department has taken since 4 a.m. Monday:

  • 45 trees down
  • 30 transformers blown
  • 25 downed power lines
  • 5 reports of standing water on major roadways

1:55 p.m. -- Many viewers across the Triad are sharing snow photos of their kids during the first snow of the season with WFMY News 2. 

1:00 P.M. -- Snowing now, but what's next? WFMY News 2 meteorologist Monique Robinson says we'll need to watch for icy conditions on roads this evening. RELATED: Yes, it's snowing now, but what's next?

Aaron Moody with NCDOT says crews have 65 salt trucks out in the Triad area spreading salt on primary roads and interstates. They plan to have a night shift working tonight to spread more salt, and will have a better idea of their plan later Monday afternoon. 

Power outage update: 

  • ALAMANCE – 4,960
  • DAVIDSON – 2,521
  • DAVIE – 1,548
  • FORSYTH – 17,700
  • GUILFORD – 17,628
  • RANDOLPH – 6,709
  • ROCKINGHAM – 2,586
  • STOKES – 1,758

12:04 P.M -- Crash closes US-52 north near Winston-Salem.

US-52 North is closed in Winston-Salem at mile marker 109 after a multi-vehicle rollover crash.

11:45 A.M. -- The latest on COVID-19 testing sites in the Triad. 

  • The COVID-19 testing site at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro will open at 1 p.m. Monday. 
  • The COVID-19 testing tent at UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden will remain closed all day Monday. 

11:30 A.M. -- Power outages remain widespread across the Triad. 

  • ALAMANCE – 5,463
  • DAVIDSON – 2,491
  • DAVIE – 1,512
  • FORSYTH – 18,445
  • GUILFORD – 17,840
  • MONTGOMERY – 1,148
  • RANDOLPH – 7,278
  • ROCKINGHAM – 3,125
  • STOKES – 1,809

9:45 A.M. -- A look at the snow coming down in downtown Greensboro. 

Plus, more viewers are sharing their photos of wind damage. A woman in Asheboro shared this photo of a tree that was completely uprooted at her home this morning. 

Credit: Ilona Green
Tree down in Asheboro

9:00 A.M. -- There are more than 200,000 outages across North Carolina, according to Duke Energy's website. Here's a look at outages in the Triad. 

  • ALAMANCE – 4,865
  • DAVIDSON – 3,528
  • DAVIE – 1,486
  • FORSYTH – 18,278
  • GUILFORD – 24,187
  • RANDOLPH – 5,429
  • ROCKINGHAM – 1,590
  • STOKES – 1,454

8:15 A.M. -- Snow is falling in Greensboro. Here's a look at the WFMY News 2 weather garden. 

Duke Energy power outage update: 

  • ALAMANCE – 4,203
  • DAVIDSON – 3,233
  • DAVIE – 1,326
  • FORSYTH – 19,013
  • GUILFORD – 24,049
  • RANDOLPH – 5,388
  • ROCKINGHAM – 2,225

7:45 A.M. -- Join our live digital newscast for the latest on wind, rain, and snow in the Triad. 

7:30 A.M. -- Power outages have increased within the last half-hour for several Triad counties. Here are the latest numbers from Duke Energy

  • Guilford County: 23,000+ 
  • Forsyth County: 24,000+ 
  • Alamance County: 4,000+ 
  • Randolph County: 5,000+ 
  • Rockingham County: 2,000+ 

7:15 A.M. -- Randolph County Schools are closed Monday due to power outages and downed trees throughout the county. More school closings.

7:00 A.M. -- Duke Energy power outage update: 

  • Guilford County: 21,000+
  • Forsyth County: 23,000+
  • Alamance County: 2,000+
  • Randolph County: 5,000+
  • Rockingham County: 1,500+

6:50 A.M. -- Greensboro police say multiple streets are closed due to heavy flooding, downed trees and power lines. Drivers should treat all intersections without power as a four-way stop.

WATCH: How to treat an intersection as a four-way stop when power is out

6:40 A.M. -- Guilford County Schools Restart and Extended School classes are canceled Monday due to widespread outages and weather concerns, GCS announced. The schools affected are Bessemer Elementary, Cone Elementary, Falkener Elementary, Allen Jay Prep, Ferndale Middle, Welborn Middle, Western Middle, Bluford/Peeler, Frazier Elementary, Gillespie Park Elementary, Vandalia Elementary, Washington Elementary, Wiley Elementary, Eastern Middle, Northeast Middle, Hairston Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Swann Middle, Brooks Global Elementary, Foust Elementary, Alderman Elementary, Johnson Street Elementary, Montlieu Academy of Technology, Oak View Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary, and Fairview Elementary.

6:15 A.M. -- An update on Duke Energy power outages

  • Guilford -- 19,400
  • Forsyth -- 17,900 
  • Alamance -- 2,300
  • Randolph -- 4,300
  • Rockingham -- 1,500 
  • Stokes -- 1,100 

A viewer in Boone also shared video of snow coming down there. The Triad is expecting a burst of snow anytime now and between midday. The snow isn't expected to stick to roads, but we could get around one inch on the ground. 

6:00 A.M. -- Guilford County 911 says they're getting a lot of calls this morning about trees down as well as some power lines. No major roadways are impacted at this time.

Major traffic situations at this time include: 

  • High Point -- I-74 West closed between Exit 66 (Johnson Street) and Exit 65 (US 311)
  • Union Cross -- NC 109 closed in both directions between Devor Road and Maranda Road

5:00 A.M. -- Strong storms are bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the Piedmont Triad. 

Right now, Duke Energy reports around 35,000 customers are without power across the Triad.

Here's a breakdown of a few counties: 

  • Guilford - 14,000
  • Forsyth - 13,000
  • Randolph - 3,000 
  • Rockingham - 1,400

You can find a full list of outages by clicking here.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS/DELAYS

  • Danville Community College Remote Learning Only
  • PACE of the Triad Closed Monday
  • Woodland Baptist Christian School Delayed 2 hours Monday
  • Yadkin County Schools Delayed 2 hours Monday

You can also find a list of school closures and delays by clicking here.

POWER OUTAGES