Winter storm to dump snow, ice on Tri-County area

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

The state is bracing for another winter storm, but Vance County is not expected to see as much snow as some other areas.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety’s emergency management issued a winter storm warning for large parts of the the western and south central regions, including Asheville, Boone, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and Fayetteville.

The DPS forecast significant accumulations of snow, sleet and freezing rain for areas located in the winter storm warning and hazardous travel conditions across much of the state.

Gov. Pat McCrory, who declared a state of emergency Tuesday, did not downplay the potential impact of the storm during his visit to Vance County Monday night.

“We’re worried about this one,” McCrory said at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce banquet. “It’s going to be a big one.”

Vance County Emergency Operations Director Brian Short said the county will likely see snow in the mid-to-late afternoon today and is expected to continue throughout the night, tapering off at some point around noon Thursday.

Short said snowfall totals are expected between 2 and 6 inches.

“It’s still a guessing game right now, but it doesn’t look like to me that we will get the higher threshold,” Short said.

He said ice could be an issue Thursday or Friday morning as temperatures are expected to remain at or below freezing until Friday.

“It’s supposed to end with a period of sleet or freezing rain, followed by rain later Thursday,” Short said.

Only a handful of school districts closed Tuesday in anticipation of the inclement weather.

Vance County Schools spokeswoman Terri Hedrick said the school district was already planning to have an early release today for staff development.

Basketball games scheduled between Northern Vance High School and Northwood High School on Tuesday were postponed.

“The games were to be played at Northern Vance,” Hedrick wrote in an email. “Northwood High students are being dismissed early day due to the threat of wintry weather. The games will be rescheduled at a later date.”
The basketball games scheduled between Southern Vance High School and Warren County High School were also postponed until Friday, Feb. 21.

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