Winter blast may leave roads icy

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

The temperature dipped below freezing Monday afternoon, leading to sleet and freezing rain all around the central part of the state.

All local areas were hit by the storm, which stretched from Albermarle to the coast. The storm had not caused car crashes, or toppled trees or power lines, in Lee County as of 5 p.m. Monday, said Emergency Services Director Shane Seagroves.

He said ice likely will still be on the roads in some spots this morning, but that it won't be as bad as the past storms this year.

Nancy Veroni, Lee County Emergency Services coordinator, also said most of worst will have passed through this area by this morning — but there could be some lingering road condition issues. She urged people to be cautious while driving, especially early in the morning and when traversing bridges.

"We're expecting some black ice in the morning, but other than that, not too much," she said.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said, in a warning that covered much of the central part of the state, to be wary of driving until the weather warms up enough to melt the ice that will have accumulated overnight.

"Sleet accumulation of less than a half inch is possible, along with a trace of snow and ice glaze," the NWS cautioned. "... Travel will become treacherous (Monday night) into Tuesday morning as temperatures drop well into the teens, leading to icy conditions."

Temperatures are expected to remain low today, according to the National Weather Service, with a high of 38. The highs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are expected to range from the mid-40s to the low-50s, and by Saturday and Sunday, the forecast calls for some sun and highs reaching into the low 60s.