Major vehicle injuries avoided during icy weather

Mar. 04, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

During the latest brush of cold weather hitting Vance County, there were about 30 vehicle crashes but none resulted in any major injuries.

Vance County Fire and EMS Director Harold Henrich said only two collisions involved individuals who were transported to hospital with minor injuries Tuesday morning.

There were six vehicle crashes within the city limits of Henderson, but no injuries or hospital transports were reported.

Jason Reavis, assistant director of emergency operations, said road conditions are improving from the 1½-inchs of sleet and snow that fell Monday, but black ice is still a concern this morning. Freezing temperatures were forecast Tuesday night.

“If people do travel, use extreme caution especially after dark when temperatures will drop below freezing,” he said.

Vance, Granville and Franklin County schools closed Tuesday. Vance Charter and Oxford Prep High School also closed Tuesday, as did Vance-Granville Community College.

Students in Vance County Schools will make up the missed school day on Saturday.

The National Weather Service forecast a hazardous weather outlook for central North Carolina during the afternoon and night on Tuesday.

The weather service anticipated a low pressure system to develop in the Gulf of Mexico early on Thursday that would track northeast along or off the coast late Thursday into Friday.

A period of winter weather is possible with this system, the weather service reports, particularly in the Triad and northwest Piedmont regions of the state.

The weather service noted uncertainty in the forecast during the remainder of the week.

“Above average uncertainly persists with regard to this system,” the weather service reported Tuesday. “Residents of Central North Carolina are encouraged to pay close attention to the forecast as the week progresses.”

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