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Duke, Georgia Tech to play as scheduled despite snow forecast

Posted January 17, 2013

— Despite the potential for snow accumulation of between 2 and 4 inches across much of the Triangle Thursday night, the Duke Blue Devils will play Georgia Tech at 9 p.m. as scheduled, the school said on its website Thursday afternoon. 

"Duke officials have been closely monitoring weather forecasts and conditions and will communicate updates as conditions warrant, but at this time plan to operate on a normal schedule tonight and tomorrow," the school said on its website.

University crews will begin prepping walkways, entrances and parking lots Thursday afternoon and have plans to begin clearing any snow from campus roadways early Friday morning if necessary.

Any snow that accumulates during the game will be cleared as part of the "priority clearing plan" for a basketball event. That plan is available on Duke's website.

Some forecasting models show as many as 4 inches of snow falling in Raleigh to 5.5 inches in Roxboro, but WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said accumulation will vary based on when temperatures closer to freezing arrive in the Triangle.

"Does the cold air get here fast enough? That is really the big question," she said. "If it doesn't, we'll get a very brief period of snow and little to no accumulation. If the cold air does push in sooner, then we do have the potential for a more significant storm. It's going to go down to the wire, and really could go either way."

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  • StitchinKat Jan 18, 10:25 a.m.

    In 1978, someone said that it would be a cold day in **** before Duke won an ACC tourney....and of course that meant it snowed like the Devil in G'boro that year, and Duke won....Fear the snow? NEVER! Fear the Blue Devils? Just ask Tech!

  • iron fist Jan 17, 4:49 p.m.

    Seriously I think Duke will win this one easily. Rarely does Duke lose two in a row and playing home is a big advantage. Duke by 16

  • iron fist Jan 17, 4:45 p.m.

    Let's go Tech!!!!

    — Posted by iron fist

    Go to Hades, Carolina!!!

    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    I really don't like going to Duke

  • gtr Jan 17, 4:34 p.m.

    Is it really news that 2 ACC basketball teams will play a scheduled game even though we MIGHT get 2-4 inches of snow later in the evening? WRAL, this is pitiful. What are you going to do when Syracuse joins the league?

  • mxteam44 Jan 17, 3:35 p.m.

    I hope Duke's shooting is as cold as the snowstorm that's on the way! LOL!

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 17, 3:27 p.m.

    Duke at home coming off a loss tells me GTech might get blown out. Its rare to see Coach K lose 2 conference games in a row. I think alot depends on Curry's status .... if he's bothered by injuries and can't go tonight (at any point in the game) it will hurt. Everyone knows Kelly is out for at least a couple of weeks. The Blue Devils looked like a perimeter team against State w/o Kelly and Curry. You never know, but I think Coach K will have a gameplan and get the guys that are available to execute it and get the W. As far as snow goes ? ....... The game should be over with before the temperature dip below freezing.

  • BlueDevils00 Jan 17, 3:14 p.m.

    I hope the Crazies storm the court after they win. Just be make fun of Maryland and State.

  • randdjacobs Jan 17, 2:59 p.m.

    Duke's gonna swat some bumblebees tonight. Go Duke!

  • DurhamDevil Jan 17, 2:56 p.m.

    Let's go Tech!!!!

    — Posted by iron fist

    Go to Hades, Carolina!!!

  • iron fist Jan 17, 2:44 p.m.

    Let's go Tech!!!!

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