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Snow falls over eastern Carolina, leaves slick spots along area roads

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Snowfall prompted a Winter Weather Advisory Saturday into Sunday morning across eastern Carolina.

Storm Team 9 says snow accumulation of 1 to 3 was seen across the much of the east, with the highest amounts found along and north of Highway 264.

Roads will became slick Saturday night and early Sunday morning, especially on bridges and overpasses.

NCDOT first dispatched crews in areas more heavily hit with snow. They later dispatched others to monito road conditions and will treat trouble spots with a sand and salt mixture.

Greenville Police urged folks to stay off the roads and streets as the weather event unfolded.

In Pitt County, several accidents were reported on Old Tar Road, on Highway 11 near Ayden and Grifton and on Highway 264 near Farmville.

Lenoir County also reported several traffic accidents.

No accidents were reported in Greene, Beaufort, Carteret and Onslow counties as of Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, at ECU, officials reported that Pirate Express and SafeRide would not operate Saturday night. 303 Blue ended early at 7:30pm and 850 Pirate Ride ended at 10:30pm.

Those in need of safety escorts after 10:30pm were asked to contact ECU Police at 328-6787.

Other early closings announced for ECU include Mendenhall Student Center closing at 8 p.m., North Recreation Center is closed, Campus dining closed at 8 pm and was expected to open at normal hours Sunday, Feb. 17.

The Student Recreation Center closed at 8 p.m. and was expected to open at 9 am Sunday, Feb. 17.

If you must drive on icy roads, remember these tips:

  • Slow down;
  • Bridges and overpasses freeze first;
  • Put down the cell phone and focus on the road;
  • Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding; and
  • Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to slide.
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