Tarboro native Brian Pearce took advantage of the first significant snowfall of the year to keep a family tradition alive by taking his children Brileigh, 2, and Summer, 4, sledding on the hill at the old Hilma Golf Course.
"They are the third generation to sleigh on this hill," Pearce said. "My father (Tony Pearce, 65) did it and I came here as child."
Snow flurries on Jan. 16 marked the first snowfall of the year. According to the National Weather Service, 1 inch of the white stuff fell on Edgecombe County Tuesday night. The precipitation, coupled with ice and below freezing temperatures, created hazardous driving conditions which prompted the closing of the charter and the public schools. Before the snow, a three-hour-delay was issued early Tuesday for the public schools. Apparently after revisiting the issue, the snow created dangerous driving conditions and officials announced that the institutions would be closed.
The snow also placed N.C. Department of Transportation on alert. Early Tuesday, DOT employees placed salt brine on all the major highways. Salt brine is a mix of salt and water used to prevent ice from forming and adhering to road surfaces.
On Wednesday, Town of Tarboro crews spread sand on their roads. By noon, with the exception of heavily shaded areas, U.S. 64 bypass was spotless while secondary roads in the county were covered with ice patches. The bright sun managed to melt some of the snow, however, freezing temperatures that reached only into the mid 20s, kept much of the precipitation on the ground.
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