A City of Rocky Mount truck plows Sunset Avenue on Wednesday after five inches of snow fell Tuesday night in the Twin Counties.
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Telegram photo / Alan Campbell

A City of Rocky Mount truck plows Sunset Avenue on Wednesday after five inches of snow fell Tuesday night in the Twin Counties.

Area digs out from snowfall

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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An average of 5 inches of snow fell on the Twin Counties Tuesday night, causing local schools and businesses to close Wednesday.

A cold front hit the area earlier in the week, which caused cold temperatures to hover close to the ground, and a low pressure zone came in off the Atlantic, bringing moist air with it, National Weather Service meteorologist Kathleen Carroll said.

When the two weather systems met, it created conditions ripe for more than doubling the amount of snow the area has received, Carroll said.

“The next couple of days will be chilly, and we should see some snow stick around tomorrow and Friday, but it should melt pretty rapidly after that,” Carroll said.

Friday will see a high in the 40s. before falling into the 20s that night, but the temperature will rise into the 50s over the weekend.

The snow caused Rocky Mount to close City Hall Wednesday and open on a two-hour delay Thursday.

The city also canceled the Tar River Transit service Wednesday, which will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday, and Wednesday’s solid waste pickup is scheduled to take place Friday or Saturday, while Thursday’s pickup is scheduled for Saturday.

Classes and after-school activities have been canceled for Thursday at Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Edgecombe County Public Schools, Rocky Mount Preparatory School, North East Carolina Prep, Rocky Mount Academy, Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College.

The Golden East Crossing mall was closed Wednesday after closing early the night before.

Not everyone was upset about the closings, however, as many people took the day to build snowmen or go sledding.

“I like playing in the snow,” said Caroline Winstead, who attends Southern Nash Middle School.

On their second snow day this week, Winstead’s father took her to the Tar River Resevoir for some sledding.

Fun in the snow can be just as fun for the parents as it can for the kids, said Derek Stallings.

“It is fun for the kids, just to see them,” Stallings said. “It is good stuff.”

Many of the roads in the Twin Counties were not cleared Wednesday afternoon, despite the efforts of the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Rocky Mount Public Works Department, who worked through the night and day.

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