Winter weather advisory posted in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - It’s March, but winter isn’t giving up its hold on North Carolina.

School systems dismissed classes early Monday after the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the central and eastern parts of the state.

Raleigh meteorologist Katie Bedeaux said there have been no reports of major precipitation in central North Carolina. She said little accumulation is expected, in part because the weekend was so warm.

“It really allowed the ground temperatures to warm up,” Bedeaux said. “Some places were in the 70s in central North Carolina. Anything hitting the ground is not going to stick because of the warm temperatures.”

However, Bedeaux said, with overnight temperatures falling into the teens, the precipitation is likely to freeze and create black ice on roads across the affected region.

“The Tuesday morning commute will be a little dicey because of icy roadways,” Bedeaux said. “Once the sun is up, the roads should be fine.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University canceled evening classes because of the approaching storm. The UNC men’s basketball team was still scheduled to play Monday evening against Notre Dame.

Sleet and freezing rain are forecast in the eastern part of the state and the northern Outer Banks beginning Monday afternoon. Up to a half inch of sleet also was possible in the central part of the state, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham and Raleigh.

Northeastern counties were expecting up to 2 inches of snow. There was a chance of freezing drizzle along the southeastern coast before the system moves out.

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