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Rocky Mount Streets and Stormwater employee Ryan Page operates a brine truck Tuesday on Sunset Avenue in preparation for snow and freezing rain.

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Rocky Mount Streets and Stormwater employee Ryan Page operates a brine truck Tuesday on Sunset Avenue in preparation for snow and freezing rain.

Twin Counties area braces for winter storm

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Local officials aren’t taking tonight’s forecast for rain and snow lightly with Rocky Mount Public Works crews hitting the road with brine trucks.

Assistant Public Works Director Blair Hinkle said crews took to the streets starting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in three trucks, starting treatment of bridges and overpasses then working their way along primary routes in anticipation of rain. Other staff fitted the city’s trucks with plows, and crews were notified they might be called in to clear roads tonight.

“It is 37 degrees in your area now and it’ll warm up to around 50 in the early afternoon then a strong cold front will come through in the late afternoon,” said Meteorologist Michael Moneypenny with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “You can expect some rain sometime around the 2 to 3 p.m. time frame and when the front comes through, it’ll switch over to snow around 5 or 6 p.m. and you may see as much as an inch of snow.”

The snow is expected to taper by 8 or 9 p.m., with the accumulation likely occurring on the grass and melting on the roadways, creating slick conditions with an expected overnight temperature of 18 degrees and 20-25 mph winds.

“The (Wednesday) morning commute could be rather slick,” he said.

Hinkle said drivers should stay home throughout the storm if possible and use caution if driving is necessary.

“If you don’t need to be out, don’t, so the plows have the freedom to operate and maneuver how they need to on the roads,” Hinkle said. “If you are out and see slick spots or slick conditions, call 467-4906 to report it and we’ll get crews to address the issue.”

Moneypenny said the forecast for the week will be cold. Wednesday’s high is 30 with overnight temperatures at 15 degrees, warming to low 40s on Thursday when a dry cold front moves through the area. Friday’s high is expected to be around freezing and highs throughout the weekend are forecasted to be in the 40s.

“Bundle up and stay warm,” Moneypenny said.