Area braces for more snow


Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

State and local officials are preparing for another possible round of wintry weather.

With the mercury dropping again and the likelihood of snow in the forecast, emergency officials are reminding residents they should get ready for more hazardous driving conditions and freezing temperatures.

“We are watching this forecast closely,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “Much of our state could see one to two inches of snow, and everyone needs to be ready for that.”

The National Weather Service calls for a cold front to cross over the mountains late Tuesday into North Carolina, bringing with it 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation in Eastern North Carolina.

Snowfall amounts are dependent on the timing of the arrival of cold air. While no icing is expected, hazardous travel conditions are likely Tuesday night into Wednesday in many areas, according to National Weather Service duty forecasters.

N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews are brining major roads, bridges and overpasses in the Interstate 95 corridor, which includes Rocky Mount. The salt-water solution should help keep snow and ice from adhering to roadways and aid in clearing efforts.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol is making sure its troopers are prepared for the potential of poor travel conditions on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The Highway Patrol offers these tips for travel during winter weather:

■ Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include a windshield scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.

■ Keep your cellphone charged and monitor fuel levels.

■ Clear your windshield and other windows of snow and ice before traveling.

■ Use headlamps and windshield wipers.

■ Plan for delays and longer than usual travel times.

■ Increase your following distance and decrease your speed.

■ Choose several routes as some roadways may be closed.

■ Share your travel plans and routes with others.

■ Always be aware of your location in case you become stranded.

■ If your vehicle becomes disabled, stay inside the vehicle until assistance arrives.

■ Contact 911 or *HP in emergency situations only. Visit DriveNC.gov for roadway conditions.