The crowds at local Harris Teeter stores are already crazy. I went to get some groceries in the Meadowmont Chapel Hill Harris Teeter and there was not a single parking spot in the entire parking lot. Mind you, this is a retirement community and there are usually about five to 10 cars in the parking lot. Here is what the checkout line looked like:
UPDATE 12:20 am February 26th, 2015 – There are reports of power outages in Pittsboro and other parts of Chatham County. Chapel Hill is seeing tons of snow at this point. There is about five inches on the ground and it is still coming down hard. This will likely bring eight to 10 inches of snow at the minimum. I am certain the power is out in many parts of eastern North Carolina. If you have any to report please post them in the comments below.
When driving from Bryson City to Chapel Hill the roads were fine. Interstate 40 has been prepared for the big storm to hit. From Asheville through Morganton, Stateville, Hickory, Winston Salem and Greensboro there was hardly any snow on the ground. When I left WNC around 10:00 am there was still about three or four inches. When I got to Chapel Hill the ground had no snow. That is going to change quickly as the storm is supposed to hit around 6:00 or 7:00 pm.
On February 25th, 2015 Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina could get absolutely crushed by the Winter Storm Remus. There is a very small section of the state that could get between five and eight inches. The small “band” will be east of Greensboro. It seems to be the case that anything east of Interstate 85 could get over three inches of snow. This is coming on the heels of Winter Storm Quantum that dumped between three to five inches on most of the state. You can follow along to the Weather Channel or any of the news outlets on Twitter. I would suggest following WRAL and the hashtag #ncwx.
As of now, Duke, UNC and NC State are not in session. Wake County School will not be in session on Wednesday and likely the end of the week. Other counties that will be canceled due to snow include Wilson, Johnston, Wayne, Wilson, Nash, Greene, Lenior, Duplin, Vance, Gates, Northampton, Chowan, Bertie, Camden, Currituck, Samson, Craven, Pitt, Edgecombe, Halifax and Beaufort. Basically, any county east of Raleigh will be getting plenty of snow with Winter Storm Remus.
If you plan on driving Interstate 40 or Interstate 95 please remember that this part of North Carolina is not accustomed to this type of weather. I would expect to see plenty of schools and businesses closed for the rest of the week in February 2015. We will continue to update this resource with more information on Winter Storm Remus as it approaches Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina.
I will be traveling from Bryson City to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 25th, 2015 so I will report what I see on Interstate 40. My goal is to get back to Chapel Hill before the winter weather starts in the evening. If you have anything to report in your part of North Carolina do not hesitate to leave comments below.
Winter Storm Quantum crushed the western part of the state as I woke up to five inches in Bryson City, North Carolina. Bryson City, Andrews, Murphy and Hayesville all received about five inches. The central part of the state did not get as much accumulation but there was quite a bit of snow. Here are some photos of the Upper Nantahala after the Quantum winter storm.