Icy roads mean dangerous conditions for eastern N.C. drivers

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Road conditions were the main focus Friday morning for Greenville and other cities in eastern North Carolina.

Below-freezing temperatures Thursday turned slush into ice on almost every road in Greenville.

Fatimah Alsaye was out in Greenville Friday, and she has seen people fighting the conditions all morning

“A lot of people couldn’t go home because snow has been blocked,  and there is fear of sliding everywhere,” Alsaye said.

Fatimah was not the only one out and about. For Gary Seres, it was the day he was supposed to move into his new apartment.

“We moved here from Idaho about 4 months ago, so we are used to a lot of snow,” said Seres. “We are used to like feet of snow on the ground, but not so much the ice, that’s what makes all the difference.”

Many roads are still slick, according to Greenville Public Works, but they plan to plow the snow melt away as the sun comes up and breaks down the ice.

Some roads; however, are still not reachable.

The Greenville Police Department said they received sixteen calls pertaining to car accidents and thirty calls pertaining to vehicles stuck on the side of roads since 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

However, there were no wrecks overnight Thursday, which Greenville police attributed to motorists staying off the roads.

City officers and most recreational facilities opened at 10:30 a.m. although Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center and Boyd Lee Park remain closed.

Greenvilles GREAT bus Route 4 has been cancelled.

All other routes are running, although delays are possible.

On Thursday night, city leaders, fire responders, and utility crews came together  to address the winter storm’s recovery plan.

The Greenville Police Department increased their patrol units to help at intersections and icy spots throughout the town, and authorities encouraged everyone to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

“If you can stay off the roads it really helps us out and frees our officers up for more serious calls that they need to handle,” said Mark Holtzman, Greenville Police Department Chief.

Greenville is expecting additional assistance on Friday from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Greenville police are updating the community on the road conditions on their Twitter account.

Here was Greenville Boulevard on Thursday:

And here was Stantonsburg by Vidant on Thursday:

 

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