Black Ice Should Melt

The Winter Weather Advisory for Eastern Carolina expired at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service says with full sunshine, black ice should begin to melt on area roads during the morning.

Officials add drivers should still be cautious, especially in shaded areas. Bridges and overpasses may also still be slick.

A winter advisory remains in effect for much of Eastern Carolina, as icy roads and dangerous driving conditions are possible this morning. Black ice is possible.

An area of light snow overnight, mainly over Pitt, Greene, Lenoir, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Craven, Jones, Carteret and Onslow counties, has left from a dusting to a half-inch of snow. Some slick spots are likely through 9:00 a.m. on roads and especially bridges in these counties.

Streets in Jacksonville are reported to be icy, especially along the sidewalks and at many intersections.

A viewer from Emerald Isle reports it has been snowing there all night, and there is an inch or more of snow. One viewer in Snow Hill in Greene County said the town didn't have any snow until 6:00 Monday. Tuesday morning, people in Snow Hill woke up to find their cars and yards covered with snow. We have reports of slick roads in Pitt, Beaufort and Onslow counties. Folks in Hertford County say the primary roads seem to be okay, with some slick spots, but the secondary roads are icier.

The frigid cold is another weather issue to contend with Tuesday morning. Temperatures are in the 20s, and wind chills in places are in the low teens. At 5:00 a.m., Elizabeth City had a wind chill of 9 degrees.

Fortunately, clear skies are expected today, and sunshine is expected to quickly melt the snow and slush on roads beginning after sunrise. The cold will stick around Tuesday before the warmup begins. Tuesday's high will be in the mid-30s.

Dangerous driving conditions led to several car accidents on Interstate 95 in Wilson County early Tuesday.

The N.C. Highway Patrol reports that a four-mile stretch of I-95 shut down because of so many accidents. The northbound lanes of I-95 between milemarkers 120 - 124 were closed as of 4 a.m. By 5:15 a.m., one of the northbound lanes was open.

Troopers in the Highway Patrol Office in Williamston that covers many counties in Eastern Carolina said as of 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, they had no reports of black ice related accidents.

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Icy roads are expected Monday night through Tuesday morning in several counties in Eastern Carolina.

Martin, Pitt, Washington, Tyrrell, Mainland Dare, Greene, Beaufort,
mainland Hyde, Duplin, Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, Onslow, Outer Banks Dare-Outer Banks Hyde, Halifax, Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties are under a black ice winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says the recent snowfall caused wet and slushy roads. The water and slush have turned into ice across portions of eastern North Carolina Monday evening.

The National Weather Service says "a winter weather advisory for black ice means treacherous road conditions are expected. Travel in the advisory area is strongly discouraged from sunset this evening through mid to late Tuesday morning."

Folks in Northampton, Hertford, Gates, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Bertie, Chowan and Perquimans counties are also warned about the dangers of black ice. Temperatures will fall into the teens and twenties there as well Monday night into Tuesday morning, and any residual water on the roads will refreeze, causing icy conditions.

As always, bridges and overpasses can become especially treacherous in these conditions.

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Numerous accidents are being reported in Eastern Carolina because of snowy, icy roads.

Martin County law enforcement reports "numerous accidents." The NC Highway Patrol confirmed a crash with injury at Highway 64 and Everetts overpass.

As of 8:30 a.m., the NC Department of Transportation reported Martin County roadways as clear with possible icy spots.

Officials in Chesapeake, Virginia notified the Currituck County Communications Center that the 168 bypass in Chesapeake was been closed due to icy conditions Monday morning, but that roadway is now open.

All lanes of I-85 southbound remain were closed southwest of Gastonia in Cleveland County because of vehicle accidents. The road is open now. Traffic was backed up into North Carolina to mile marker 10 in Gastonia.

Winter weather is affecting travel throughout North Carolina from I-95 to the Tennessee/North Carolina State Line. Many accidents are being reported throughout the state due to the winter weather. Motorists are advised, for their safety, that if they do not need to be out traveling to please stay off the roads.

While the interstate is now listed as clear with possible icy spots in Halifax County, all primary roads are listed as covered with snow and ice.

All roads in Bertie and Edgecombe counties are reported as partially covered with snow and ice.

In Nash County, the primary roads are reported as partially covered with snow and ice, but secondary roads there are listed as covered with snow and ice.

Northampton roadways are reported as covered with snow and ice.

Counties with all roads listed as clear with possible icy spots are: Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Johnston and Camden.

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