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A line of plow trucks sat ready in Henderson on Wednesday as the N.C. Department of Transportation monitored an incoming snow storm, which is expected to impact Vance County later on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. 

HENDERSON — The first significant winter storm of 2021 is expected to arrive in Vance County in the early hours of Thursday morning and bring a moderate amount of snowfall with it.

Vance County Emergency Operations Director Brian Short does not believe the storm will cause any major damage or power outages in the region, but he affirmed that the forecast is likely to change more between now and midnight.

“We’re not really doing much at the moment,” Short said. “The forecast totals have increased a little bit since this morning. Through some of the weather agencies, we’ve seen some information that suggests we could be pushing 3 or 4 inches now instead of 1 or 2.”

Rain will set in around central North Carolina from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., but it will transition to snow as the temperatures drop. Current estimates predict anywhere between 1 to 3 inches in counties near the Virginia border, while those further south will see less accumulation.

The snow is expected to dwindle during the daylight hours of Thursday morning, but Short said that roads are likely to be treacherous for those who have to commute in the morning. He is advising local residents to exercise caution.

“If we do have snowy conditions, if you don’t have to be out in the snow, don’t be out in it,” Short said. “Allow things to warm up before you move around and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. Take your time and don’t be in a rush, because that’s when accidents happen.”