Early morning wintry weather blamed for several accidents across eastern Carolina

Roads mostly clear in eastern Carolina, but still slick in spots

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Wet conditions didn’t keep drivers off the road in Pitt County on Friday.

A mixture of freezing rain and ice is what most of the area saw overnight. NCDOT said most of the county is passable.

Angela Carter lives along Tucker Road and said she’s checked in with family members all across the east and they say the roads aren’t too bad.

“My mom lives in Tarboro, which is about 45 minutes west of here, and she says it’s a little bit slick this morning, but overall the roads are fine,” said Angela Carter, lives in Pitt County. “My husband works in Rocky Mount and that’s probably a little bit worse than it is here. Overall, I mean, it’s pretty fine.”

NCDOT workers are on standby until the next storm hits.

Workers said they were able to pre-treat the ice Friday, but evening rain along with Saturday’s potential snow brings some challenges.

NCDOT said their work for Friday is pretty much done. Workers said they’ve treated all the ice and, if they didn’t get to it, the rain is going to wash it away, and now it’s just time to play the waiting game.

“There’s just nothing we can really do right now but wait for the precipitation to change over to snow,” said Jeremy Stroud, NCDOT. Stroud encouraged people to stay off the roads especially if they see the yellow NCDOT trucks. He said it’s easier for them to do their job when the roads are clear.

Highway Patrol in Lenoir County warned drivers to slow down. Troopers said they’ve seen more than 15 accidents and believe they were weather-related.

Extra troopers are out patrolling Friday night.

Sergeant Robert Bowen said it’s important to pay attention and slow down if you must go out. “It can be deceiving if we have icy conditions when you come up on unexpected ice when you’ve driven out on a road that’s been perfectly fine,” said Robert Bowen, Lenoir County Highway Patrol sergeant.

NCDOT continued to salt and brine bridges in Lenoir County.

In Beaufort County, there were only a handful of accidents Friday due to the icy conditions.

Curtis Avery with Beaufort County Emergency Management said there were five accidents Friday morning, only one with injuries.

Conditions cleared in the area as the temperature rose.

Officials plan to continue to monitor the forecast and will change their course of action accordingly.

Two more people are dead after weather-related accidents in North Carolina.

This comes after two people were killed in an accident Thursday in the western portion of the state. A third person from that same accident died Thursday night.

Early Friday morning, a truck accident on I-95 in Johnston County killed a fourth person.

Governor Pat McCrory said interstates, especially I-95, are of great concern moving through the day. He urged families to use this time to stay home and spend time with one another.

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