Considering the road conditions and the number of accidents even before the snow turned to sleet and the freezing rain, that was probably for the best.
“I hate it,” Rocky Mount resident Ashley McClain said. “I hate it. I am just coming here to get something to eat and then going home to watch TV.”
Rocky Mount police said there were 20 accidents within the first two hours of the snow falling, causing the department to urge drivers to stay off the highway unless absolutely necessary.
Victor Joyner, manager of the Sheetz gas station on Benvenue Road, said his store was just as busy as usual, despite the weather.
“It is always busy this time of day anyway, but when everybody else closes down its close to what we normally get here,” Joyner said.
Due to the weather, Rocky Mount City Hall will open at 10:30 a.m. today, and all Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation locations are on a two-hour delay, public affairs manager Tameka Kenan-Norman said.
In addition, the Tar River Transit service was canceled for Thursday.
Classes were canceled for today at Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Edgecombe County Public Schools, Northeast Carolina Prep School, Rocky Mount Preparatory School, Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College.
A shelter for residents without power and travelers was set up by the Nash County Health Department and the American Red Cross at Englewood Baptist Church at 1350 South Winstead Ave.
For more information about the shelter, call 252-462-1202.
More snow is expected sometime this afternoon, before the weather warms into the 40s and begins melting the snow and ice, National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Blaez said.