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February 12, 2014

Winter storm expected to pack an icy punch

TARBORO — The famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Feb. 2 and predicted six more weeks of winter. Ten days later, it seems the groundhog’s prediction was right.

Another winter storm is poised to impact Edgecombe County, and this one will pack an icy punch. The NWS issued a winter storm warning in effect from 9 a.m. today until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday morning declared a state of emergency as in preparation for the second major winter system to impact North Carolina in as many weeks. By noon Tuesday, snow had already begun to fall in Edgecombe County, leading to the cancellation of evening classes at Edgecombe Community College and early release of students in Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS). Schools in ECPS are closed today.

Total snow accumulation is expected to be anywhere between 1 and 3 inches, with one-tenth to one-quarter of ice accumulation on top of that, said Ryan Ellis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS)’s Raleigh bureau. He said the main snow accumulation would begin in today’s late morning hours and transition to sleet and freezing rain in the late afternoon hours.

“Travel will be pretty bad at that time (late afternoon), Ellis said. “If you have any plans and they are flexible, please do cancel them at this point. The whole I-95 corridor will be a mess.”

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