Saturday, April 1, 2023

Winter weather advisory in effect, drivers urged to use caution in deteriorating conditions [Free read]

SOUTHEAST N.C. — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Cape Fear Region. The advisory is in effect starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and into Friday morning ending at 10 a.m.

Snowfall is expected and in Pender County, residents could see up to two inches of snow, in New Hanover County and Brunswick County, accumulations up to an inch are predicted. Caution is suggested for all drivers as freezing temperatures along with the recent rainfall can lead to icy conditions.

“Plan on slippery road conditions, especially on bridges and overpasses. The hazardous travel conditions could impact the evening and morning commutes. The Friday morning commute is likely to be impacted by falling snow and freezing temperatures. It is highly recommended that motorists SLOW down and allow extra time to reach their destination,” according to the NWS.

Schools around the area have already announced their closures: Pender County, Brunswick County, and New Hanover County will all be closed Friday.

Friday evening temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s so icy conditions could last until Saturday.

“Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Fri evening and well into the 20s by Sat morning. Any residual wet surfaces will become ice-covered which would increase the potential for ‘Black Ice’ to occur,” according to the NWS.

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