Schools closed for Wednesday

winter storm

Stephen French, of Havelock, scrapes ice off of his truck windows Tuesday afternoon after the first wave of freezing rain fell on Havelock. It was the first indication of the coming winter storm predicted to bring several inches of snow to the area. "It's a nuisance," French said.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 09:08 AM.

A heavy sleet, sometimes mixing with snow, is expected to continue overnight into Wednesday morning in the Havelock area

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, an inch of sleet was already on the ground, and there was no indication that it would subside anytime soon.

The National Weather Service in Newport has issued a winter storm warning for the area, as a low pressure off the coast is expected to bring a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow through Wednesday morning.

Forecasts early Monday predicted as much as 10 inches of snow for the Havelock area, but as the storm continued to form and take shape, those predictions have decreased, with the weather service saying warmer air in higher levels of the atmosphere was causing more sleet than snow to fall. The weather service now expects the storm to produce mostly sleet with some snow mixing in, with total sleet and snow accumulations at 2 to 4 inches before the storm exits Wednesday morning.

Craven County Schools were closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Cherry Point closed at noon Tuesday. Only personnel designated by their supervisors will be 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.

Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said Tuesday afternoon that no serious crashes have been reported in the city.

“We’ve seen the DOT trucks make several passes on Highway 70 to keep the roads from freezing,” he said. “If operators exercise caution, it just adds to the equation in keeping the roads safe.”

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