Hunker Down!

Published 4:08 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2018


(Editor’s Note: This article was written at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The weather predictions are subject to change).

Snow, perhaps a significant amount, was expected to arrive Wednesday night across the Roanoke-Chowan area and most all of eastern ‘Carolina and southside Virginia.

The National Weather Service Office in Wakefield, VA issued a Winter Storm Warning from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday. Snow accumulation ranges from four to eight inches, with the possibility of higher amounts in certain areas, depending upon the track of a powerful low pressure system off the North Carolina coast. One forecast map on Wednesday showed a narrow swath of 8-to-12 inches of snow for eastern Bertie County, southeastern Hertford County, and the majority of Gates County.

The NWS said the snow will be accompanied by high winds, predicted to blow out of the north-northwest at 15-to-30 mph with the chance of higher gusts. That could lead to reduced visibility for motorists.

Local officials are urging residents to remain off the roads if all possible. If you do have to venture out, prepare ahead by taking a flashlight and extra clothing, along with food and water in case of an emergency.

Please be advised that any amount of snow on the road may mask icy stretches on the pavement, especially bridges and overpasses. The latest road conditions are available by calling 5-1-1.

NCDOT workers began applying a brine mixture to local roads on Wednesday in advance of the snow’s arrival. As with any snowfall, DOT will first clear the main roads and then secondary routes.

No matter how much snow falls in your general area, expect it to stick around for a while as another period of frigid weather is expected Friday and Saturday. Highs both days, under sunny skies, are expected to be in the mid-20’s. Overnight lows will be in the single digits, with wind chill values below zero. The thermometer is not expected to rise above freezing until Monday.

Please check on your elderly neighbors and if you have outdoor pets, you may want to consider bringing them inside.

Local residents are advised to keep up-to-date on the weather conditions by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or visit