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Snow continues to fall, making travel hazardous

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Snow blankets the Dances Bay neighborhood on Dances Bay Road earlier Thursday.

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From staff, wire reports

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Falling snow, combined with wind gusts of up to 50 mph, is making travel on any roads in the Albemarle extremely hazardous, officials said this morning.

The region remains under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

Up to 6 inches of additional snow accumulation is possible.

Motorists were urged to not attempt any travel during the current conditions. If they must travel, they should do so with a winter travel kit.

In Perquimans County, Emergency Services Director Jonathan Nixon said between 4 and 6 inches of snow has already fallen.

N.C. Department of Transportation staff were expected to begin plowing primary roads soon, Nixon said. However, without a major change in the weather, travel anywhere in the county would be delayed and secondary roads will remain snow-covered for several days, he said.

So far there were no reports of any incidents related to the storm. There also have been no power outages reported in Perquimans.

All area school districts announced their closings Wednesday evening.

The Associated Press reported the snow is moving out of North Carolina but the cold temperatures here before it began are staying. 

The National Weather Service had blizzard, winter storm warnings and winter weather statements in effect in half of North Carolina’s 100 counties today.

Wind chill warnings and advisories were in effect in 54 counties for today and in some cases, for Friday as well.

The snow and ice prompted the closure of many schools in the eastern half of the state.

Up to 6 inches of snow was reported near Fort Bragg.

Duke Energy reported about 2,400 customers still without electricity Thursday morning. Nearly half of those were in Craven County around New Bern.

Wind child values could be as low as -30 degrees (-34 Celsius) at the mountain tops in western North Carolina.

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