And with it a predicted mix of rain and ice, according to meteorologists. Experts say the wintry mix is expected to begin early Thursday morning, just West of I-95 and projected to spread out towards the East. People here in Eastern Carolina are already preparing. We found the Department of Transportation in Pitt County setting up plows and spreaders Wednesday afternoon. D.O.T. manager Joe Ross says travelers need to be especially careful on the roads Thursday morning. Now if you have to hit the roads Thursday, Ross suggests drivers reduce their speed on bridges and overpasses.