Officials warn about hazardous road conditions


Vehicles travel slowly on Sunset Avenue on Wednesday evening near Sonic Drive-In restaurant as snow begins to cover the road.


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Authorities are urging people to stay off the roads as an arctic cold blast pushes a winter snowstorm across North Carolina.

"This snowstorm may be moving a little slower than we thought, but that means its impacts on North Carolina will likely be even greater," Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Cooper declared a state of emergency Tuesday for Eastern North Carolina to enable expedited storm response and recovery. The declaration also triggers the state’s price gouging laws.

He also issued an executive order waiving truck weight, size and hours of service restrictions to ease movement of supplies and equipment.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Edgecombe County Public Schools, Rocky Mount Academy, Faith Christian School, New Life Christian Academy, Rocky Mount Prep, North East Carolina Prep School, N.C. Wesleyan College, Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College will remain closed on Thursday.

The snowfall prompted Rocky Mount City Hall to close at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The city’s Parks and Recreation facilities, including the Rocky Mount Senior Center, Booker T. Washington Community Center and South Rocky Mount Community Center, closed at 6 p.m.

Tar River Transit cancelled its evening shuttle service for Wednesday night.

Central North Carolina is under a Winter Storm Warning, while the western and eastern areas are under a Winter Weather Advisory. Emergency management officials urge residents to stay tuned to their local forecast and heed advice from local authorities.