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Eastern N.C. Residents Continue To Dig Their Way Out After Weekend Snowstorm

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WILSON — For most of North Carolina, the Sunday snow was hit or miss, and one's need for a snow shovel depended on where you live. Heaviest snow was to the east of Raleigh.

In Wilson Monday morning, traffic was moving well on primary streets. Road crews are out cleaning up the streets, and are getting a lot of help from the bright sunshine.

The sun makes the job easier for drivers, road crews and homeowners trying to make it to the mailbox.

Roads are cleared in the order of their importance, so interstates such as 264 and 95 will get attention first, followed by primary roads, secondary roads and various city streets.

Despite the good melting that is under way, theN.C. Department of Transportationwarns drivers that the streets will refreeze at night, making roads hazardous Tuesday morning.

A majority of the snow fell down east. Goldsboro had 4 to 8 inches. Rocky Mount was hit with 8 to 12 inches of snow. Towns in the northern coastal plain are dealing with 8 to 12 inches of snow.

The Triangle and points west received a lot less snow than predicted, primarily because a low pressure system veered 30 to 50 miles farther off the coast than computer models expected.

The storm is now out at sea. A high pressure system is drifting towards North Carolina, and clear skies are due tonight and temperatures will be in the mid-20s.

For some people, the weekend flakes must have added to the ambience of the annual holiday event -- buying the Christmas tree.

Many tree lots were busy on Sunday.

Plenty of people poured in to one lot in Rocky Mount, despite the snow. Business was brisk. The crowds even surprised the workers who sell the trees.

One tree seller said that most of the time it snows so much it shuts everything down. "But everyone seems to be out and getting around pretty good," he said.

Meanwhile, in Charlotte it was not the snow but the cold that affected fans at Ericsson Stadium. With a wind chill of 13 degrees, there were plenty of empty seats for the game between the Panthers and the Rams, which the Panthers won, 16 - 3.

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Brian Bowman, Reporter
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