Schools closed on Thursday


Mike Gray of Gray's Towing assists a motorist who had gotten stuck in the median on U.S. 70 near Stonebridge Square on Wednesday in Havelock. About 4 inches of sleet and snow fell on the Havelock area during a winter storm, producing some hazards on the roadways.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 08:32 AM.

Havelock residents awoke this morning to a field of white, as a combination of sleet and snow covered the area from a winter storm.

Roads were covered in the mixture, and though crews had plowed U.S. 70, it remained icy. Neighborhood streets and side roads were covered, and some smaller two-wheel drive vehicles had gotten stuck, tires spinning away as drivers attempted to free themselves.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, snow was exiting the area, leaving behind occasional flurries.

The area remained under a winter storm warning but that was expected to expire later in the afternoon.

Heavy sleet fell overnight, producing about about an inch or more of accumulation, before the snow moved in, dumping another inch.

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.

The system moved in with freezing rain and ice Tuesday, forcing many residents to pound away at their cars to clear their windows.

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