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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  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    It's good to know that all of the children made it to school safely on the school buses.
  • by Parent Location: Grifton on Mar 3, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    Anonymous how do you know there wasn't black ice, did you drive every road in pitt co? Yeah its easy to say keep your child home, but then who pays for their absent, the child does. Safety should be the first priority when it comes to our children!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    There wasn't a 2 hr delay b/c there wasn't any black ice on the road EVERYWHERE in Pitt County. If you're worried about driving with a threat of black ice...DON'T DRIVE, DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL. Seems like people with chips on their shoulders just like to have a forum to complain.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    Nancy, dosen't WTF stand for World Teacher Foundation? Western Tennis Federation? Or, is it something that the PC Police and the censorship fanatics want banned?
  • by Dave on Mar 3, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    "Black Ice Should Melt" Great headline WITN! And to think, I thought that it would be around for another week.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    I'm appalled and disgusted at Pitt County Schools that even though the news report has reported black ice in Pitt County and we are under an advisory for black ice, the school has decided to take in at normal time EVEN though all of the other area schools are on delay. I just pray all the parents and buses get the children to school safely.
  • by Austin on Mar 3, 2009 at 03:41 AM
    ummm...why isnt pitt county ever have a 2 hour delay..can yaw look in htat for me..
  • by The Pitts Location: Chicod on Mar 3, 2009 at 12:17 AM
    Yep, I agree with Pitt Co teacher. Bus accident cause of black ice and 40 kids to the Pit Hospital and Shaft Shaft and Fanagler promising all of them a stimulus pkg will make Reep reap what is being sown in our k-8 schools. Se we already made them put it off just like everything else in this county.
  • by Parent on Mar 3, 2009 at 12:05 AM
    Pitt Co. is under a black ice advisory until 9a.m. Tuesday morning, nearly all the counties around us have a 2hr delay, whats the problem with delaying school?? Our superintendent needs to do her job and put the safety of our kids first. If there is an accident it is on her hands!
  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Mar 2, 2009 at 11:05 PM
    I actually agree with Dave most of the time, he's not so bad! To David and Cleadus, ya'll can't spell worth a lick! Have a nice day!

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