Record cold on Sunday, but an even colder Monday fell short of the record set in 2015.
New Bern dodged most of the winter storm that pushed through Central and Eastern North Carolina over the weekend — except for the cold temperatures.
According to the National Weather Service, New Bern broke a record Sunday when the high temperature of the day could only reach 27 degrees. The old record high of 30 degrees was recorded in 2015.
Chris Collins, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, said the low temperature recorded at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern on Monday was 14 degrees. The record low temperature set on the same day in 1970 was 12 degrees, he said.
Craven County receive less than a quarter inch of sleet and freezing rain Saturday and there were no reports of accumulations in Pamlico except slight dusting of sleet on grassy areas, Collins said.
There were reports of icy bridges from Vanceboro to Fort Barnwell, he said.
“Craven County had a few wind gusts in excess of 35 mph but the main impacts were farther north,” Collins said.
Temperatures will warm the rest of the week, into the 50s on Tuesday and into the 60s by Wednesday, Collins said.
“It will be a quick turnaround,” he said.
A spokesman with the N.C. Highway Patrol said there were three reported traffic accidents in Craven County over the weekend.
“Maybe since it was over a weekend they stayed home,” the spokesman said. “That’s a good thing.”
Matt Montanye, New Bern public works director, said his crews were on standby for the winter storm but he did not have to call anyone in.
“Like Hurricane Matthew, I think we dodged a bullet on this one,” Montanye said. “There was no major impact. Saturday we started putting salt and sand down on city streets, and we put more salt and sand down the first thing Sunday until 1 p.m. when we called it quits. ...We faired pretty good.”
Ira Whitford, assistant director of Craven County Emergency Services, said firefighters from No. 9 Township, West of New Bern and Cove City, along with New Bern Craven Rescue, responded to one structure fire over the weekend.
The fire, which damaged a one-story house at 1080 S. West Craven Middle School Road, started at 9:19 p.m. Saturday, Whitford said.
There were no reports in the county of burst pipes or power outages due to the cold and sleet, he said.
“The way they were forecasting it looked like it could have been a lot worse than it was,” Whitford said.