Many Twin Counties residents stayed indoors Tuesday night, seeking warmth and safety as snow blanketed the area.
Snow began to fall shortly before dark, causing many stores to close early and residents to stock up on milk and bread.
“Hopefully it will not last too long,” Tymane Mitchell said as he stood outside the Golden East Crossing mall, watching the snow.
The temperature today is not supposed to be above freezing, so the snow will be on the ground until at least Thursday, when the sun is supposed to come out long enough to begin thawing it, National Weather Service meteorologist Barret Smith said.
The temperature will be in the teens Thursday night, causing whatever is left to refreeze, Smith said.
The city closed all Parks and Recreation buildings at 5 p.m. Tuesday, canceled all Parks and Recreation Department events and will reschedule discussions on the new dog park and the Minorities and Women Business Enterprises Workshop, Public Affairs Manager Tameka Kenan-Norman said.
Tar River Transit bus service will be delayed until 10 a.m., and Nash County government offices will open two hours late Wednesday.
Classes and after-school activities have been canceled for Wednesday 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 N.C. Department of Transportation and the Rocky Mount Public Works Department have been treating the major roads since Monday, but the roads might still be in poor condition. The plows were out in force Tuesday, with drivers working in shifts throughout the night.
When driving in poor conditions, the N.C. Department of Transportation recommends reducing speeds and coming to complete stops at all instersections to avoid accidents, spokewoman Jennifer said.
The city asks that residents try to keep driving to a minimum when plowing is happening and to avoid parking on the street, Kenan-Norman said.