Havelock area hit with 2 to 7 inches of snow, sleet

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N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Davis pulls paperwork from a Jeep that was involved in a rollover crash in the snow on U.S. 70 just west of Havelock on Tuesday morning.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 09:16 AM.

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The main part of a winter storm produced big snowfall totals just west of Havelock and caused hazardous driving throughout the area.

Havelock police as well as N.C. Highway Patrol reported to numerous crashes on Tuesday, as slick roads played a factor as more than a few vehicles slid off area roadways. For the most part, there were no injuries associated with many of the crashes.

Snowfall totals of about 5 to 7 inches were reported in areas just west of Havelock such as Tucker Creek, Carolina Pines, Stately Pines and Riverdale. New Bern reported 9 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

In the central parts of Havelock, freezing rain and sleet mixed in with the snow, decreasing the accumulation totals but still creating hazards on the roads. Department of Transportation trucks and plows made several passes along U.S. 70 through Havelock on Tuesday, but the highway remained covered with ice and snow.

For most of Tuesday, the main dividing line between heavy snow and sleet was around the Tucker Creek area.

The wintry weather prompted Craven County Schools to close both Tuesday and Wednesday. Only missio-essential personnel were to report at Cherry Point on Wednesday, and Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point was also closed on Wednesday.

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