NC coastal communities get winter blanket
Posted January 29
Wilmington, N.C. — Residents of southeast North Carolina are used to a weather threat from hurricanes and even sunny, hot summers. But they got an unusual treat Wednesday when about 2 inches of snow fell in New Hanover County.
The unusual pattern that picked up moisture from the Atlantic Ocean to fuel the snow over the southeast yielded an accumulation of sleet, snow and ice that blanketed some coastal communities.
The snow in Wilmington was an icy, compact variety, not the fluffy flakes that fell farther to the west. Despite that fact, Duke Energy crews deployed to deal with anticipated power outages found themselves without an emergency to attend to.
By noon, it appeared most residents had heeded the advice to stay indoors and off the ice-laden roads. Authorities had recorded only a few minor spin-outs and no major traffic problems or wrecks.
Trucks from the North Carolina Department of Transportation were making the rounds of major roads in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties to plow the surface and spread traction-inducing salt and sand.