A snowstorm struck Edgecombe County Tuesday night, leaving a blanket of white over the roads and keeping many residents at home.
“Everybody seems to be staying at home,” said Gray Keeter, county maintenance engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, on Wednesday. “That’s beneficial for us because we can get it cleared up.”
Meteorologist Kathleen Carroll of the National Weather Service said they received a report of 5 inches of snow in Tarboro. She estimated Edgecombe County overall received between 4-5 inches of snow.
“It’s definitely an impact event for sure,” Carroll said. “We don’t get it on a weekly basis. We don’t even see it every winter.
“The Christmas snow of 2010 would probably be the closest comparison, and this (snowstorm) might be a little more significant than that,” Keeter said.
On Wednesday, DOT was still working on clearing primary roads and hadn’t yet made it to the secondary roads.
“We are expecting tomorrow [Thursday] to be just as bad as today. Everything’s just going to get packed and turn into a solid sheet of ice tonight,” Keeter said.
His advice to motorists on Thursday: “If you don’t have to go, stay home.”
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