Sleet, snow force cancellations

By Tyler Kes

Staff Writer

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Due to a low pressure system moving across the state interacting with the cold high pressure system in the area, the Twin Counties area is expected to receive sleet and snow throughout the day, National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Blaez said.

After warm weather over the weekend, the temperature is expected to fall into the 20s today, dropping as low as 18 tonight, Blaez said.

The sleet and drizzle is expected to turn into snow by about 8 or 9 p.m., Blaez said, although the it will not be more than a light dusting.

The worry, Blaez said, is that the precipitation, combined with the low temperature, will freeze the roads.

The weather is suppposed to warm up to around 38 with mostly sunny skies Tuesday, continuing to warm into the mid 40s Wednesday.

Two brine trucks from the Rocky Mount Public Works Department have been brining the main roads, bridges and overpasses since 7 this morning, Assistant Director Blair Hinkle said.

“With rain preceding, we did not feel our full brine treatment would be effective, so we are just hitting the main overpasses,” Hinkle said.

The city has salt and sand trucks on standby for later this evening, Hinkle said.

The Edgecombe County Public School District is releasing its students four hour early because of the snow.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also began releasing students early, starting with Nash Central Middle School at 10:50 a.m., followed by all other district middle and high schools at 11 a.m., elementary schools at 12:15 p.m., the Tar River Academy at 1 p.m. and the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College at 1:20 p.m.

The district will be keeping an eye on the weather in regards to Tuesday’s classes, public information officer Ashley Simmons said.

The Edgecombe County commissioners' meeting that was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday also has been canceled. The meeting will be held at a later date that has yet to be finalized.