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 put it 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.
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also have been canceled for Thursday.