Officials urge residents to stay home


A City of Rocky Mount truck plows Hunter Hill Road on Saturday as heavy snow falls in the Twin Counties.


By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Monday, January 9, 2017

As temperatures remain below freezing and ice lingers, officials have canceled school and continue to urge residents to stay home.

Icy roads present real dangers as today's high is predicted to be just below the freezing point and dropping into the mid-teens tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

“I've been here a long time and don't remember it ever being this cold,” Nashville resident Van Horner said while scraping ice off his car's windshield. “They didn't get the snow right, but they got the temperature dead on.”

Forecasters predicted up to 8 inches of snow for the Twin Counties, but also allowed for the possibility of more ice than snow, which is exactly what Nash and Edgecombe counties got. And with a bitter wind chill factor below zero, emergency management officials encouraged everyone to remain indoors and keep warm.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and Edgecombe County Public Schools are closed today. The Edgecombe County School Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed until Tuesday.

North East Carolina Prep and New Life Christian Academy also are closed. Rocky Mount Academy also is closed today and after-school athletics will be rescheduled. Faith Christian Academy is closed today.

Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College are both closed today. N.C. Wesleyan College is closed, reopening at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Classes at N.C. Wesleyan College start Wednesday.

State and local officials repeatedly have asked for residents to stay off roads.

“Driving conditions are still hazardous,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Please stay off the roads or you may put yourself, your family, first responders or others at risk.”

Slush and moisture is re-freezing as a result of the rapidly falling temperatures, which creates black ice and other treacherous driving conditions.

Motorists are reminded that in temperatures below 20 degrees, chemical treatments on roads become ineffective. State transportation crews have laid sand and staging equipment in areas with historical issues.

Travelers are urged to call 511 or go DriveNC.gov for up-to-date roadway conditions, including lane and road closures.