Coastal Carolina Regional Airport cancels flights, New Bern ups emergency staff

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Wednesday, airlines canceled afternoon flights arriving and leaving the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport and officials there tell WITN that once the snow reaches two inches, they will officially close the runway.

They do expect to have it up and running again by mid-morning Thursday.

The Pitt-Greenville Airport shut down their two runways at noon Wednesday.

Road crews with both the city of New Bern and the Department of Transportation have been busy pre-treating the roads and are now transitioning to de-icing and snow removal when it comes.

Along with those preparations more, crews are being called in for the duration of the storm.

"We have extra staff at our fire departments and coming in for our police department to handle public safety issues, and we'll have extra staff at our Thurman Road fire station to address any concerns we have on that side of the river, so we don't have to worry about passing over the bridges," explains Mark Stephens, New Bern's city manager.

The bridges are something DOT crews have been paying special attention to because of how long and high they are. It provides challenges for crews who have to work to keep them clear.