Preparation urged with snow, freezing temps in forecast

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Winter has settled over Wilson with low temperatures and a snowstorm forecast for Wednesday afternoon.

“We do have a winter weather advisory for basically all of central North Carolina and points south and east. We’re expecting wind chill values in the single digits tonight and toward daybreak Tuesday,” said meteorologist Kathleen Carroll with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “Beyond these first 12 hours, the temperature will be a hair warmer, but highs will stay around freezing.”

The low temperatures and a storm off the coast set the stage for flurries to start late afternoon Wednesday with peak snowfall between 5 and 6 p.m. and 3 and 4 a.m. Thursday.

“Right now we’re expecting it to be all snow and the accumulation between 1-2 inches, but points farther east are forecasted to get more snow,” Carroll said. “If there is any shift in the track to the east or west, even 50 or 60 miles, it could have a huge impact on how much precipitation we get.”

Rebecca Agner. spokeswoman for the city of Wilson, said crews are watching the weather and planning accordingly.

“City officials will continue to monitor the forecast and will make plans to treat roads, if necessary,” she said in a release. “Currently the forecast is for snow, not ice, which should limit the possibility of power outages and hazardous road conditions.”

Carroll said with temperatures not slated to warm up in the coming days, the snow is likely to stick around. And the frigid weather has other officials urging caution.

While Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools scheduled a two-hour delay for Tuesday classes, Wilson County Schools remained on regular schedule as of press time because the temperature was not expected to fluctuate much in the morning, negating the warm-up benefit of delayed start times, according to the school system’s Facebook page.

Agner said the city is encouraging Wilsonians to take precautions to avoid frozen pipes, stock up on essentials in case of power outages and bring pets inside.