Person, Durham county communities enjoy deepest snow

Posted January 18, 2018 3:28 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:41 p.m. EDT

— Some of the heaviest snow from Wednesday's storm was measured north and west of Durham. Chatham, Orange and Person counties recorded 10 to 12 inches of snow. In Durham County, amounts varied from a foot of snow in Bahama to 9.5 inches in the northwest part of Durham.

With that much to remove and a little help from the sun, people in Bahama started early, plowing out driveways and looking ahead to a big melt over the weekend.

For the most part, the scene was picturesque. Horses on a farm in Rougemont frolicked despite the cold, and country lanes were coated in a blanket of white.

Randy Butler, farm manager at Red Mountain Road Estates, said his horses actually prefer the cold.

"They have the winter coat for it, the hair and everything, that’s what they’re designed for," he said.

The weather proved more of an inconvenience for Butler. His hay delivery was delayed by the weather, and he spent Thursday working to keep the pipes and his horses' drinking water from freezing.

James Magnum said he measured 12 inches at his Durham County home.

"I measured it last night when it quit and again this morning," he said, noting that the totals were the most since the legendary snowstorm of 2000.

"It's more than we needed," he said.

In Bahama, Joe Weaver uses his plow to help out his neighbors after a big storm, but even he was socked in by this one.

"You can't do the ice," he said. "I tried to do the end of the driveway so the sun will get on it."

A tour of secondary roads showed much of the same and made it clear there would be no school again on Friday.

Roxboro Chief of Police David Hess said his community saw between 10 and 12 inches of snow, but most weathered it well.

"Yesterday, we had 24 reports of disabled vehicles or accidents throughout Person County," he said. "Here in the city, we only had one crash. Today, we’ve not had any reports of vehicle collisions, we’ve not had any reports of disabled vehicles. It really seems like the public has heeded our advice to stay off the roads."