Storm brings frozen roads, power outages and winter fun

It could have been Christmas morning at the Christensen house on Thursday morning.

“My sister woke me up,” 7-year-old Nixon Christensen said. “I was like ‘holy moly.’”

It wasn’t a load of presents under a tree that he saw, but about 3 to 4 inches of snow in his yard. It didn’t take long for him and his sister Langley to head out into the snow for some sledding, thanks to neighbor Ronnie Olkowski supplying some plastic sleds.

The snow storm wasn’t all fun and games, however. It first produced freezing rain and sleet Wednesday night before the snow followed, with gusty winds that peaked at 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The combination brought down some trees and tree limbs and caused power outages.

Wayne Passie, of Carolina Pines, said his home lost power about 4 a.m. Thursday As of 8:30 a.m., it had not been restored.

“It’s not bad,” he said of the temperature inside his home.

The native of Illinois, after all, is used to the cold and snow.

“This is nothing for me,” he said as he removed the snow and ice from his SUV. “It’s just for fun and exercise.”

Miles Beene spent Thursday morning shoveling snow from his steps and sidewalk. However, he had the proper tool, a true snow shovel, the kind that rarely makes an appearance in Eastern North Carolina.

“I bought it six years ago,” he said. “I think that’s the last time I used it.”

John Boné resorted to a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water as he tried to de-ice his car so he could go to work in New Bern. As he worked to get into his car, his daughter, Sara, 10, played in the yard.

“I like it,” she said.

Tucker Creek resident Jenna Plouffe grew up in Canada.

“I remember walking to school by snow banks up to my head,” she said.

Still, she along with daughter Analise, 3, and Zach LaRocque and son Anakin, 3, enjoyed sledding down one of the few hills in the area. After each ride, Analise would scoop up snow to put in her mouth.

“She really wanted to catch snowflakes on her tongue,” Jenna Plouffe said.

The cold weather is predicted to stick around through the weekend. Friday and Saturday highs may reach 30 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, with low temperatures in the 12- to 14-degree range.

Sunday is expected to climb above freezing, though barely with a high of 34. High temperatures should climb into the middle 50s on Monday and Tuesday, with rain moving in.