Snow looks nice, causes few problems

mhankerson@newsobserver.com amoody@newsobserver.comJanuary 24, 2014 

— It was a schoolkids’ dream.

Hours before snowflakes started falling Tuesday night, Wake County delayed the start of Wednesday classes by two hours. About 7 p.m., the flakes started falling, coming down fast and furious for a short time before grass and greenery was covered in a fine layer of white.

Fortunately, for those who had to go to work Wednesday morning, though, area roads were largely clear of the white stuff and reports from local emergency officials seemed to indicate that residents didn’t have much trouble with the snow that still covered yards in many residential areas in eastern Wake County.

In Wendell, police captain John Slaughter said winter’s first snow happened without a problem.

Tuesday night was “pretty uneventful,” Slaughter said. There were no major accidents or problems.

The story was the same in Zebulon, where Public Works Director Chris Ray said there were no real bad spots on the roadways and no traffic issues.

“It was actually fairly quiet last night and this morning,” Ray said Wednesday. “It seemed like in the areas that were more shaded and didn’t get as much traffic we had a little more build-up than Gannon and Arendell avenues did.”

Ray said work crews came in at 5 a.m. Wednesday and began treating areas with those conditions, including one near the cemetery along Stronach Avenue.

Zebulon crews applied about 34 tons of salt on roadways and put down 850 pounds of ice melt on sidewalks at municipal facilities and in the downtown district.

“We did not put down brine because of the rain,” Ray said. “(Rain) washes it away.”

Knightdale began brining its streets late Tuesday afternoon but did not anticipating having to do it again, Knightdale Communications Director Brian Bowman said.

Bowman said there weren’t any major problems in the town, but police advised anyone driving to take their time.

Slaughter said the same.

“Take your time and give yourself enough time,” he said. “Anything that could be on the road tonight will be frozen. If you can stay off the road, stay off the road.”

Most areas in Wake County got less than an inch of snow but low temperatures stayed in the teens and 20s through the week. Areas east of here, like Rocky Mount, got larger amounts of snow. School in some coastal counties was called off both Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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