Winter storm could threaten drivers

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The first winter storm of the year could pose a danger for drivers in the Twin Counties.

Rocky Mount and surrounding areas could see snow between 8 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, said Ryan Ellis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

“You’ll probably see it toward the later end of that timeframe, but we’re not certain if it will stick to the ground and accumulate,” Ellis said during a phone interview late today.

Forecasts show a chance of up to 1 inch of snow in the Twin Counties, likely sticking to the tops of cars and grassy areas, Ellis said. Black ice will be a concern for the Twin Counties, he said.

“After the precipitation stops, a colder and drier air mass will move in, and the roads will have the potential to freeze early on Friday,” Ellis said. “Black ice probably will cause more problems than the snow will.”

Temperatures are expected to reach a high around 50 degrees Thursday, falling to a low of 31 degrees overnight, Ellis said. The high for Friday is expected to be in the low 40s with temperatures plunging to 24 degrees that night.

“You’re right on the edge of the freezing mark,” Ellis said. “Whether or not the snow sticks is going to depend on the exact path of the storm.”