Winter weather

We could see snow flurries by 3-5 p.m.

Up to 4 inches expected

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Preparations are underway as Wilson braces for the first snow of the year. Wilson is excepted to get between 3 and 4 inches of snow. 

“Things are still on schedule,” said Jonathan Blaes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He said light rain is expected to begin in the area around 2 p.m. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if Wilson saw snow flurries between 3 and 5 p.m. 

Blaes said the steady, accumulating snow will start once it gets closer to dark. 

Wilson is currently under a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Friday. 

While Wilson County Schools are dismissing classes early Thursday, announcements have not been made yet as to Friday’s schedule.

City crews were working early Thursday in anticipation of the storm, including loading salt brine tanks and salt spreaders onto trucks. Crews also attached steel snow plows. 

Tim Eaton, the city of Wilson’s street division manager, said workers won’t apply brine unless they need to. He said since it’s expected to rain first, the rain would just wash away the brine. 

Eaton said crews also prepared earlier this week when they saw the potential of snow in forecast. Eaton said crews will be out Thursday night checking roads. 

“My priority is to make sure these roads are safe for the citizens of Wilson and the motoring public,” he said. 

City crews will tackle bridges and main roads and then move into secondary roads. He said it’s vital to focus on higher traffic areas where roads are needed to be cleared due to emergency service stations.