Area preparing for frigid temperatures

By William F. West

The Daily Advance

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N.C. Department of Transportation crews are out throughout the northeastern part of the state preparing for the anticipated blast of bone-chilling conditions.  

In Pasquotank, Camden, Gates and Perquimans counties, DOT crews are spreading salt brine on all primary routes and should have the work completed by this afternoon, DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo said.

Presently, 13 trucks have been deployed into the four-county area and 25,000 gallons of brine are available for use in these counties, Garifo said

Some DOT crews will be sent home early this afternoon to rest so they can come back this evening and overnight to plow and salt any areas where precipitation hits, Garifo said.

DOT will determine when and where snow plows will be deployed, Garifo said.

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders said a winter weather advisory will go into effect at 4 p.m. today and continue to 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Saunders said her information from the National Weather Service at Wakefield, Va., is officials are becoming increasingly concerned that there will be a period of heavy snow across much of northeastern North Carolina.

Saunders said that her information is that, east of the Chowan River, there could be two to five inches of show, perhaps a little more, compared to one to four inches presently being anticipated.  

Saunders also said it is likely that much of northeastern North Carolina will be upgraded to a winter storm warning.

Temperatures are anticipated to remain in the 50s this afternoon, but will begin decreasing into the 30s this evening.

During the early morning hours of Wednesday, temperatures will be in the mid-to-low 20s, but with the wind chill factor, conditions will feel like single-digit temperatures.

The low point is expected to be at 7 a.m. Wednesday, when the temperature is forecast to be 15 degrees, but will feel like three degrees below zero.