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Areas east of Triangle see more snow, slick roads

Posted January 22

— Communities that saw the most snow Tuesday into Wednesday also dealt with the worst road conditions Wednesday morning. Viewers in parts of Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids, Wilson and other communities along the I-95 corridor reported that surface streets were covered with snow.

Snow accumulated up to 4 inches or more in some parts. The National Weather Service at 9:30 a.m. extended the winter weather advisory until noon for Halifax, Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties, and some communities were still seeing flakes long after the bulk of a snow-bearing front had passed.

The State Highway Patrol closed Interstate 95 northbound in Wilson County at milemarker 119, near Interstate 795, for a couple of hours Wednesday morning after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer. 

The truck was headed south on I-95 when it swerved into the northbound lanes and off the road, witnesses said. The driver was taken to Pitt Hospital. Troopers did not release his name or condition.

Traffic was detoured onto the collector lane for the I-795/U.S. 264 exit to get vehicles past the crash scene and back onto I-95 North.

In Nash County, power lines were down along N.C. Highway 43 near Red Oak. While crews cleared up the mess, traffic was diverted.

Person County authorities were dealing with two weather-related accidents – on Helena-Moriah Road near Morris Neal and on Gordonton Road. Officials there said they had many reports of icy roads.

Nashville and Spring Hope also reported secondary roads iced over. Still snowing in Momeyer! Photos: Snow piles up east of Triangle

Temperatures will stay below freezing through the day Wednesday, leaving the possibility for ice to form throughout the day.

"If it looks wet, assume it's frozen," said WRAL traffic reporter Brian Shrader.

Many school systems to the east of the Triangle canceled classes Wednesday due to the chance for slick roads. The complete list of area closings and delays numbered in the hundreds.

Winter driving tips

The State Highway Patrol advised drivers to avoid being on the roads if possible.

If you must drive in ice and snow, take these precautions:

  • Make sure your battery and cellphone are fully charged
  • Fill your gas tank
  • Pack bottled water and a blanket in the trunk

While on the road, slow down when roads are slick. Other driving tips:

  • Increase your following distance. You should allow about four car lengths for every 10 mph
  • Drive slower than the posted speed limit
  • Don't use cruise control
  • Stay in cleared lanes, or follow in the tracks of other vehicles where possible
  • Don't try to change lanes

If your car starts to skid:

  • Let your foot off the gas
  • Don't slam on the brakes
  • Steer into the skid
  • Get to a safe place
  • If you get stuck, turn on your flashers so rescue and emergency crews can find and help you.

Throughout the day Tuesday, North Carolina Department of Transportation crews spread salt brine – a mix of salt and water used to inhibit ice from adhering to road surfaces. Crews were on standby to spread more salt and sand to help with traction on major roads.

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  • Jimmytwotimes Jan 23, 1:10 p.m.

    Bah haha ha! All you whiners stayed home from work yesterday and are feeling silly about it aren't you! I made all my employees come in and they all made it just fine and will thank me on pay day! If you are an adult you do not get a snow day for less than 5" of snow or a major ice storm. No excuses, get out there and drive over the snow patches, they won't hurt you I promise.

  • hayzoos Jan 22, 4:24 p.m.

    Not one mention of 'Bridge ices before road'

  • btneast Jan 22, 2:56 p.m.

    [b Eventually, you may realize that you’re not invincible and that you don’t have control over your entire reality][/b]

    It usually takes an event to wise some folks up about that. I used to think like he did, until life gave me a reality check.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2:40 p.m.

    @JimmyTwoTimes, if you’re a supervisor and you create an atmosphere of expectation from your employees that they should drive to work even when the weather, news & government tells people to be careful...for whatever reason...that your company, as well as you personally, become financial liable for any event that befalls your workers trying to get to work and not get fired?...even if someone hits them?

    If you’re commenting on your coworkers taking the leave that they are entitled to...then that’s on your problem. Eventually, you may realize that you’re not invincible and that you don’t have control over your entire reality on the roads. Or not.

    Take care, eh?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2:37 p.m.

    @Billy The Kid, how long did it take to to drive on all 2,000 miles of Wake and Johnston County roads this morning?...in order to give your opinion that all roads in both counties were dry, that is.

  • UpChuck Jan 22, 2:24 p.m.

    Brime...that's been a solid go to GOLO joke for several years. The brime was thick this morning on the bridges and overpasses.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jan 22, 1:59 p.m.

    MON Account: What two tires should one drop of the road, the drivers side or passenger side? I always try and avoid the brime lines and I do just fine. Especially on an off ramp. I did'nt know if one side of the tires may be less worn.

  • btneast Jan 22, 1:57 p.m.

    The employee earns the respect of the BOSS, not vice versa. The employee does this by consistent hard work, excellence, and devotion. Showing up for work is usually a good start

    It's a two way street. I was not implying any kind of entitlement, and I agree that an employee should work hard, be loyal and be on time. I have little patience for consistent tardiness. The employee doesn't have to "like" the boss, but if they hate the boss, they are less likely to stick around. Employee turnover is a huge expense to any company. High turnover is almost always a direct result of poor management. You treat people like you would like to be treated. Bosses that rule through intimidation and fear don't last long under me.

  • Mr. Hans Jan 22, 1:38 p.m.

    [bAnd part of the reason why is because bosses like Jimmytwotimes demand excellence and devotion... View More

    — Posted by btneast

    Talk about a sense of entitlement. No wonder unemployment is so high. The employee earns the respect of the BOSS, not vice versa. The employee does this by consistent hard work, excellence, and devotion. Showing up for work is usually a good start. Don't like the boss... then, hit the road, jack, and don't ya come back no more no more no more no more.

  • btneast Jan 22, 1:17 p.m.

    [bAnd part of the reason why is because bosses like Jimmytwotimes demand excellence and devotion from his employees. ][/b]

    Lol....any boss who "demands" those things will never get them. You have to earn that.

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