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Wintry weather causes 10-mile traffic jam in Southern Pines, Aberdeen

Posted January 3, 2018 7:25 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

— Moore County was experiencing traffic issues Wednesday evening after the region saw about 3 inches of snow by 7:30 p.m.

Northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1 in Southern Pines and Aberdeen were either stopped or slow moving for around 10 miles, stranding drivers for hours.

Moore County Schools will be closed for students and staff Thursday due to inclement weather.

Drivers and passengers were seen leaving their cars and walking through the snow.

The snow caused several small wrecks and a serious crash on U.S. Highway 15-501.

Dozens of drivers were stranded for hours on East Indiana Avenue in Southern Pines.

Kristine Castillo was among those stuck in her car for hours.

"We knew that inclement weather was going to be happening, but nobody expected it to be like this," Castillo said in her car via Facetime.

"There has to be at least 60 or 70 cars on this road," she said.

Penny Creed lives along East Indiana Avenue and spent the night going from car to car with scarves, gloves and hot chocolate.

"It's bumper to bumper," Creed said. "I've had a few people into my home and offered them treats and cookies and cocoa, and that's all we can do right now until it moves on."

Other Moore County drivers caught up in winter weather night posted to social media, tweeting photos of snowy traffic jams.

Photos showed jackknifed tractor trailers and people walking from their cars on U.S Highway 1 and U.S. 15-501.

Winter weather causes 10-mile traffic jam in Southern Pines, Aberdeen

Southern Pines

Pinehurst dog during Wednesday's winter weather