Another winter storm coming, ECPS closing early today

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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The Twin Counties already has received more than its seasonal average in snowfall, but weather forecasters say the area is likely to receive more snow beginning Tuesday afternoon.

Edgecombe County Schools  planned to close at 11:30 a.m. today.

Rocky Mount is on the northern edge of the area that is likely to be hit with snow, sleet and freezing rain, National Weather Service meteorologist Kathleen Carroll said.

“It is difficult to determine exactly, but there is a really good chance of winter precipitation,” Carroll said.

The weather service is still determining how much snow will hit the area, but early estimates place it around a half inch to an inch Tuesday, with another inch accumulating Wednesday, Carroll said.

“Wednesday is going to be the crummiest day as far as sleet and snow goes,” Carroll said.

So far, the city has not canceled any of its events or services, but is keeping any eye on the weather, public affairs manager Tameka Kenan-Norman said.

In advance of the weather, the Rocky Mount Public Works Department began treating the roads with brine at 3 a.m. Monday.

The department recently restocked its supply of brine, sand and salt, assistant Director Blair Hinkle said.

Hinkle said the department usually leaves about 3,000 gallons of brine when treating the roads, in order to treat them again if ice forms. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson is responsible for deciding whether school will be delayed or canceled, working with the districts operations department.

As of now, school has not been delayed or canceled.