The inch or so that fell won't stick around for very long

Havelock seemed to brush off the area’s most recent bout with winter weather on Thursday morning. After all, the inch or so of snow that fell overnight Wednesday hardly compared to the 3 to 4 that fell two weeks ago.

Of course, there were the usual ice-covered roads and school closures.

“It was supposed to be the first day of exams,” said 17-year-old Havelock High student Emmanuel Frazier. “It’s another day of vacation. We’ll just have to come back the next day.”

By the middle of the morning, major roads in the Havelock area were melting and plows had already made a pass along Main Street and out to U.S. 70 toward New Bern.

Cherry Point was limited to essential personnel, but many businesses were open, with vehicles lining up to grab breakfast items from places like Bojangles and McDonalds. Some vehicles didn’t make it. At least one spun out on U.S. 70 just west of town.

Havelock had about an inch of snow, while farther east, parts of Newport reported 2 inches of snow, and parts of Down East Carteret County reported 3 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Newport. Parts of the Outer Banks reported 6 to 9 inches of snow.

The city of Havelock reported no major problems with the snowfall, though it operated on a three-hour delay Thursday for non-essential workers.

This snow, unlike the storm two weeks ago, won’t stick around for long.

Sunny skies will greet residents on Friday, with high temperatures climbing into the middle to upper 50s, according to the National Weather Service in Newport. Saturday and Sunday are also expected to be sunny, with highs around 60, and the sunshine is expected to continue into early next week with Monday and Tuesday high temperatures in the lower 60s.