With roads blanketed by snow, eastern Carolina fights to dig out

Snow in Morehead City

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A winter storm hit eastern North Carolina Wednesday night into Thursday morning, covering the area with ice and snow.

Most counties in eastern Carolina saw three to six inches of accumulation, with a few pockets of more than seven inches in Bertie County and northern counties.

The snow impacted drivers, causing several road closures. According to the NCDOT, many roads across the East are still covered or partially covered with snow and ice. For a complete list of county-by-county road conditions, click here.

The impacted roads have also lead to a number of deaths, including one in Surf City, one in Beaufort County and two in Moore County.

A state of emergency is still in effect and in a Thursday morning news conference, Gov. Roy Cooper warned drivers to stay off roads.

The dangerous roads have led to a number of closures, which you can see here.

All day, our viewers have been sending in photos of the winter weather, which you can check out below.

In Beaufort County, many roads are passable but some side streets are still dangerous. But that didn’t stop some in Washington from getting out and enjoying the snow.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” said David Carraway. “Washington isn’t used to having such large amounts of snow.”

In Bertie County, county offices will remain closed Friday.

In Martin County, it’s hard to tell where the road begins and ends.

One resident, Trevor Smith, said it his first time plowing this amount of snow. Getting to the sheets of ice beneath the snow has been particularly difficult.

Plows have been going over main highways like U.S.17 in an attempt to uncover the area.

In Onslow County, crews spent day focusing on major highways like Western Boulevard, Gum Branch Road and Henderson Drive, but the attention has also turned to the side roads, which can be especially dangerous due to freezing.

Meanwhile, Onslow Community Outreach is taking extra steps to help those in need by providing a shelter for those in need.

Thursday night, it will be able to hold up to 30 people.

It is located on 600 Court Street.

The shelter director said they will reassess whether to operate as a day shelter for a third day on Friday morning.

The Town of North Topsail Beach Town Hall will re-open at 10:00 a.m. Friday.

Waste Industries has cancelled all routes for tomorrow.  They will be operating on the normal schedule next week, so trash and recycling will be picked up on Wednesday, January 10th.  Since the town did not receive service this week, they will take any extra trash or recycling left at the curb.

In Pitt County, many roads are still covered in snow, and Greenville police have received 16 calls for wrecks. 

The most common calls were for vehicles stuck on ice.

The city of Greenville held a news briefing Thursday where they provided an update on the city’s response to the weather.

 

Greenville Public Works Kevin Mulligan said the major challenge they are facing with road clean up is the cold temperatures, and they expect sever refreezing Thursday night.

Greenville Utilities is reporting no major outages, although there have been several calls for individual power outages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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