HENDERSON — An overnight snowfall on Thursday dumped an estimated 3 to 4 inches of powder on the Henderson area, triggering scattered power outages and traffic accidents.
But with the sun out and temperatures above freezing, the snowfall didn’t appear likely to stick around long, Vance County Emergency Operations Director Brian Short said.
“We’re getting some good melting now and it seems to be going away quick,” Short said in the early afternoon on Thursday.
The biggest problem the snow caused was a series of power outages across the Tri-County.
Vance County was the hardest-hit of the bunch by power problems, with Duke Energy reporting that 2,860 of its customers in Vance were without electricity as of about 10 a.m.
There were 1,015 Duke customers without power in Granville County at that time, and 155 in Warren County.
Southwest Henderson was the hardest-hit area in Vance during the morning, with about 1,000 outages from the Oxford Road corridor all the way to the Dabney Drive/Interstate 85 commercial district.
Repair crews made quick progress against the initial round of outages, but as of about 3:30 there were still 1,107 Duke customers without power in Vance County. The vast majority were in the Williamsboro and Townsville areas north of Henderson near Kerr Lake, with Duke attributing the problems there to a “vehicle damaging our equipment.”
Only 504 and 94 outages remained in Granville and Warren counties, respectively.
Short said the storm had “created some travel hazards initially” during the morning, with “a lot of fender-benders and a lot of vehicles in ditches.” But there were no serious injuries from those accidents that Short was aware of.
Crews from Henderson’s Public Works Department, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Vance County’s various fire departments got to work quickly on Thursday in removing fallen trees that were blocking roads. For the most part, they had rendered most of the affected roads passable by the early afternoon, though a few problems lingered in places such as Belle Street in Henderson.
“Once we get the last few roads open and power restored, we should be largely back to normal,” Short said.
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