Caleb and Kaitlin Willis are transplants to Havelock from Ohio, but they quickly immersed themselves in southern inventiveness on Wednesday after a storm dropped around 2 inches of sleet and snow on the area.


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Caleb and Kaitlin Willis are transplants to Havelock from Ohio, but they quickly immersed themselves in southern inventiveness on Wednesday after a storm dropped around 2 inches of sleet and snow on the area.



The couple used cardboard boxes to slide down hills in their Tucker Creek neighborhood.



We werent planning on snow at all, said Kaitlin Willis. This is my only pair of gloves. Everything else we left at home.



Despite their lack of proper equipment, they found ways to have fun with Gabe Rose, 8, and Tyler Thomas, 8, who came out to join the couple sledding down a hill between homes.



I think its pretty awesome, Thomas said. This is my second time playing in it.



Rose remained outside as Thomas ran inside his home to get an additional layer of clothing.



Ive got two pairs of pants on, Rose said.



The two-day storm started as freezing rain, with heavy sleet falling overnight Tuesday. By early Wednesday morning, the sleet changed to snow, producing an icy mixed that proved perfect for sledding.



Its fun, Rose said.



Mac Clements took his dog, a yorkie-poo named Pumpkin, out for a walk in the snow.



She loves it, he said. Shes never seen snow before. Its like a whole new world for her. She acts like its not cold. Im cold. Im going inside.



The cold temperatures were not necessarily all fun and games. Though Department of Transportation crews had cleared U.S. 70 Wednesday morning, the service roads and neighborhood streets remained covered in ice and snow. Several drivers got temporarily stuck, spinning tires in an attempt to free themselves. A friendly push from a neighbor was usually all that was required to get the vehicle moving again.



Havelock resident Will Swain had another reason for not liking the snow.



It keeps me from working, said Swain, who works at Coastal Awnings and Hurricane Shutters.



Instead, he spent much of his day pulling his children around on a sled using his riding mower around a snow-covered Fox Hall Street.



Michael Walker, who lives in the MacDonald Downs subdivision of Havelock, watched his children sled and shovel snow off the familys driveway Wednesday morning.



Im from Michigan, so this makes me laugh a little bit, he said.



Craven County Schools were closed Wednesday and Thursday, and Cherry Point closed at noon Tuesday. Only personnel designated by their supervisors were required to work Wednesday. Non-designated personnel are expected to return to work by noon on Thursday. Updates from Cherry Point are available by calling 466-3093.



Cold temperatures in the 20s prevent any quick thawing of the snow and ice, but the National Weather Service is calling for a warming trend by the weekend. Temperatures on Friday are expected near 50, with highs Saturday and Sunday near 60 with a chance of rain Saturday night into Sunday.



The weather prompted business and government closings, and postponements.



The Havelock Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee postponed its Family of the Quarter event until 6 p.m. Tuesday, and the chambers business before hours event scheduled for Tuesday at Gurganus Elementary School was rescheduled for Feb. 25.



Annunciation Catholic School rescheduled its open house for 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6.



The Coastal 3A Conference cheerleading championships scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until Feb. 8 at Havelock High School.



Cherry Ponit Baptist Church canceled its scheduled Wednesday night service.



Havelock city offices, including parks and recreation and the senior center, are closed Thursday. Trash pickup is also not scheduled, and court in Havelock has been canceled.



Delivery of the Windsock and Havelock News also may be delayed on account of the weather.