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Britt's Yardworks employees Emilio Diaz, left, and Mark Watson break ice Monday while clearing the front entrance to the office building at 2933 Sunset Avenue.


By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The year's first winter storm in the Twin Counties might be over but road conditions are still dangerous, prompting officials to cancel school and close government offices for a second day.

Ice will begin to melt today after thermometers haven't risen above freezing since Friday. After four days in the low 20s and teens, today will be partly sunny with a high near 42. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 37 and a 20 percent chance of rain. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 54. Temperatures the rest of the week will reach near 70, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

Due to road conditions, the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building will open at 10 a.m. Other city facilities opening at that time include the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, South Rocky Mount Community Center, Booker T. Washington Community Center and the Rocky Mount Senior Center, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's public affairs manager.

Tar River Transit service will resume at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. Trash collection for Tuesday has been rescheduled for Saturday. The Rocky Mount Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for  5 p.m. Jan. 17.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners meeting that was scheduled for Monday was postponed until Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The Rocky Mount City Council meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Committee of the Whole meeting will begin at 5 p.m.

Area schools and colleges are closed as well.

Highways in the Twin Counties are mostly clear with some patches of ice, but secondary roads remain treacherous, according to local emergency management officials.

The State of Emergency issued Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper is set to expire at noon today.

“Travel conditions have gotten much better, but we’re still concerned about ice and snow on some secondary roads through Tuesday morning,” Cooper said in a press release. “Please be patient while the state thaws and take your time if you’re on the road.”

The were 3,617 calls for service and 1,650 wrecks reported to the N.C. State Highway Patrol statewide from Friday night through Monday morning.

One of the most severe crashes in the Twin Counties involved the collision of a car and an oil tanker Sunday afternoon on Interstate 95 in Nash County just south of Rocky Mount. Cleanup of the wreck backed up traffic on the interstate for several hours. Conditions of the motorists involved wasn't immediately available.

Local authorities are asking folks to stay home at least one more day to allow state transportation crews to finish clearing roads.