The National Weather Service of Raleigh has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Richmond County and surrounding area for Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 4 a.m. Friday.
A Winter Weather Advisory by the NWS means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will quickly lead to an accumulation on grassy surfaces, according to the NWS. Due to the warm pavement and the rain expected prior to changeover, most roads will initially remain wet but may become very slushy especially where the heavier snowfall rates occur. Temperatures near freezing by early Friday morning will lead to roads quickly becoming slick and hazardous. Travel will remain dangerous through most of Friday morning, weather officials said.