Greenville, other areas preparing for possibility of winter weather


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — School districts and businesses are preparing for the possibility of winter weather overnight and into Thursday morning. That’s also the case for many cities and towns across Eastern North Carolina, including Greenville.

Road crews are also taking steps to prepare for a blast of winter and the road worries that could follow. Workers from Greenville Public Works and the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be clearing anything freezing from the roads and bridges through the overnight and into the morning.

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Officials said city and state crews have their trucks set for any early-morning snowfall. They’ll put salt down to melt any slick spots. One thing they have to also take into account is rain coming before the snow. Rain would wash away any salt that officials lay down early.

“We will keep an eye on it, on the storm,” said Kevin Mulligan, director of Greenville Public Works. “Right now, with less than an inch of snow projected and some warmer weather and a lot of rain, we don’t think we are going to get any substantive ice accumulations, but we are still going to prepare for it and we will have crews ready and available to apply salt.”

Officials believe temperatures may stay above freezing but are prepared for any changes that could come. Mulligan also said NCDOT is prepared to handle problems on the highways, and if they need assistance, his team will be ready to help.

“The bridges over the Tar River or any of the culverts do not have the ground or earth warming up the road, so that it where we could potentially see some freezing if we get snow or if we get a wintery mix,” Kevin Mulligan.

Road crews were not the only ones getting ready. Families spent Wednesday night buying last-minute necessities.

“I am definitely going to get bread, water, and basic necessities,” said Maria Martinez. “I’m pretty much going to be stocking up on the meat because that is pretty much what I eat at home.”

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