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Snow will make today’s travel tricky

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Forecasters say a second round of snowy weather is expected to hit Wilson today bringing with it frigid temperatures. Residents could see between 3-4 inches of snow.

The highest probability of snowfall should begin around 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.,

“It may start out as light rain initially and will quickly change to snow,” National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sharpe said. “What we accumulate we will keep because of the dropping temperatures.”

Wednesday’s high is predicted to be 33 degrees with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as 10 degrees are also in the forecast.

Officials say road conditions will quickly deteriorate Wednesday. And folks should be prepared for significant reduction in visibility at times, especially between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Officials say drivers should plan on difficult travel conditions as early as Wednesday’s morning commute.

Wilson County is currently under a winter storm warning, which will remain in effect until 9 p.m.

Forecasters say the precipitation may end as light freezing rain or freezing drizzle Wednesday afternoon.

GETTING PREPARED

On Tuesday, Wilsonians were getting prepared for the upcoming snow.

“We sold out of sleds yesterday,” Angela Dail of P.L. Woodard & Co. said Tuesday afternoon. “They are buying salt and faucet covers to keep their pipes from freezing.”

And the store has been busy supplying customers with essential items.

Jimmy Miller of P.L.Woodard said the shop sold out of salt from the last snowstorm but was able to restock before the second round was expected to hit Wednesday.

“We have a whole extra pallet of Ice Melt,” Miller said Tuesday. “We’re ready whether it happens or not.”

Vanessa Drew, manager of the Lowe’s in Wilson, said her store has been swamped with folks buying salt, sand, shovels and heaters.

“We’ve been constantly busy,” Drew said. “We have some salt left, but not a lot.”

State officials have also been preparing for the winter weather. N.C. Emergency Management will be tracking the weather closely. N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews have been brining interstates, major roads, bridges and overpasses across the state, including those in Wilson, ahead of the storm.

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