Snow totals below predictions; roads still a mess

Published 2:30 pm Saturday, January 7, 2017

It isn’t as bad as initially forecasted, but despite lesser amounts of snowfall, local roadways are treacherous.

There are reports of up to six inches of snow in the western sections of Northampton County. It appears that by 2 p.m. today, that amount is double the total of other local areas.

“We’ve had about two, maybe three inches of snow here,” said Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh. “We had mostly sleet overnight until early morning. It’s all snow now and the combination of the sleet and snow have made travel very bad.”

Northampton County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Storey also reported sleet at the outset of the storm, but it quickly changed over to snow, especially in the western and far northern areas of the county.

“I had a weather briefing this morning with officials in Raleigh and from that I learned there was a warm pocket of air that infiltrated the system, which prolonged the time period of sleet on the eastern end of our county and over in parts of Bertie and Hertford County,” Storey said.

Still, the roads are a mess.

“DOT is working now to clear the roads, but it’s going to be a slow process due to temperatures not expected to rise above freezing until Tuesday,” Storey noted.

There have been isolated reports of power outages in areas of the Roanoke-Chowan.

The forecast for the remainder of Saturday calls for the snow to taper off, with another one to two inches possible.

Skies will be clear tonight, and it will be cold with a low temp of seven degrees.

Sunday’s high will be in the mid-20’s under sunny skies. It will be brutally cold Sunday night with the low zero. Coupled with the wind, it will feel like five below zero.

Be sure to drip your faucets Saturday and Sunday night to help prevent freezing pipes.

Sunshine will prevail for the early part of the work week, but it will remain cold. The high on Monday is forecasted at 29 degrees while Tuesday’s night will be near 40.


About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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