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By on January 3, 2018

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Here’s the latest from the Kill Devil Hills Police Department:

One weather-related collision was reported in Kill Devil Hills as of 5 p.m. on Jan. 5. Numerous vehicles have become stuck after leaving the roadway and needing assistance, however no damage to the vehicles resulted.

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Road conditions are slightly improved in Kill Devil Hills, in particular the outside northbound travel lane (the “slow” lane), which is ice-free for stretches. However, temperatures remain below freezing and after sunset re-freezing of the melt may cause all portions of the road to become hazardous again.

NC 12 remains mostly covered with ice and the neighborhoods in Kill Devil Hills are also primarily ice-covered. Roads remain precarious to walk or drive on.

Motorists are encouraged to treat all roadways as if they may have ice and drive accordingly. Slow speeds, increased following distances and heightened awareness of what other drivers are doing around you will help you get where you want to go safely.

The snow and ice covering traffic lights for southbound traffic on U.S. 158 remain a problem. If you are on an east/west street crossing at a controlled intersection, be aware that drivers travelling south may not be aware they have a red signal.

Dominion Power trucks continue to work throughout the town and drivers are asked to give them wide berth as they conduct repairs. DOT plow trucks working in the area should also be given space to work as snow cast off from the shovels could cause damage to other vehicles.

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The Kill Devil Hills Police Department continues to advocate avoiding unnecessary driving given the current road conditions. If you do need to be on the road, please clear all snow from windshields and exterior mirrors to maximize your visibility and allow yourself extra time to get where you need to go.

Finally, there have been several reports in Kill Devil Hills and surrounding Towns of individuals going out onto the ice on the frozen waters of the Sound to play. As you contemplate the wisdom of this activity, please do keep in mind that neither Kill Devil Hills nor Dare County is equipped to mount a cold water rescue.


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A layer of ice below the 3-5 inches of snow that fell Wednesday has created dangerous driving conditions across the region, and temperatures are forecast to drop well below freezing until Monday.


U.S. 158 and Helga Sreet at 11:30 a.m. (NCDOT)

Friday, 10:50 a.m.

NCDOT spokesperson Tim Hass talked with Sam Walker about the agency’s response to the storm.

 

Treating U.S. 158 in Dare County is next to impossible because of the thickness of the ice and daytime temperatures in the low-20s.

You can check out road conditions here.


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Roads in Dare County are a mess, with U.S. 158 outside the Max Radio studios in Nags Head a perfect example:

Travel on U.S. 158 and N.C. 168 in Currituck County is a little easier, but there are still areas of ice and snow on Caratoke Highway. Secondary roads are nearly impassible in many parts of northeast N.C.


Friday, 9 a.m.

Update from Kill Devil Hills Police
There were no overnight weather related motor vehicle collisions or significant events to report in the Town of Kill Devil Hills.

Surfaces on roads both in the neighborhoods and on U.S. 158 and N.C. 12 remain coated in a thick sheet of ice. With temperatures below freezing, road conditions are not anticipated to improve anytime soon.

The snow and ice covering traffic lights for southbound traffic appears to have melted or been removed. Signals are clear and visible.

Dominion Power trucks continue to work throughout the Town and drivers are asked to give them wide berth as they conduct repairs.

The Department recommends staying off the roads unless necessary. Driving on ice covered roads is difficult, particularly for the uninitiated.

If you must be on the road please drive slowly and leave plenty of room between yourself and the vehicles around you. When preparing to stop or turn you should allow for a much longer stopping time and take turns slowly.

Wrecks on icy roads are primarily due to excessive speed for the conditions and drivers not taking care when changing lanes or turning.

It is more difficult to correct during a slip or slide event at higher speeds. Generally, you should not hit the brakes and steer in the direction of the slide until your tires regain traction and control.


Thursday, 6 p.m.

Dare County Schools are closed on Friday. Here are some updates from the Kill Devil Hills Police Department:

At 5 p.m. two weather-related motor vehicle wrecks were reported in Kill Devil Hills. Fortunately no injuries resulted from the wrecks.

As the sun sets and cooler temperatures return, streets become ever more risky to travel. Thick ice has accumulated along many stretches and snow melt is beginning to re-freeze.

South boundtraffic signals remain obscured by snow and ice and drivers on east/west streets turning onto controlled intersections should be aware south-bound traffic may not realize their signal is red.

Dominion Power trucks continue to work throughout the Town and drivers are asked to give them wide berth as they conduct repairs.

Officers working the road have noticed an increased number of near-misses and vehicles sliding out of control. These incidents are primarily due to excessive speed for the conditions and drivers not taking care when changing lanes or turning.

Ice does not care if you have a 4 wheel drive, monster tires or oversized tires. It is more difficult to correct during a slip or slide event at higher speeds. Generally, you should not hit the brakes and steer in the direction of the slide until your tires regain traction and control.

The Police Department urges citizens to continue to avoid driving unless necessary until roads are made safe.

Here’s more from the Dare County Department of Emergency Management:

If you must be out on the roads, make sure you have basic items on hand: scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, blankets, flashlights, and first aid kit. Remember to take it slow and if you see NCDOT crews at work, give them plenty of room.

The frigid conditions and blustery winds will lead to sporadic power outages. To report an outage, contact your power company directly. Do not call 911. Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357, Tideland: 1-800-882-1001, Cape Hatteras Electric: 1-866-511-9862.

Be sure to stay away from downed power lines and give line crews plenty of room as they complete their work.
All Dare County offices will be closed on Friday, Jan. 5. All Criminal and Civil Court sessions scheduled for Dare County on Friday, Jan. 5 have been cancelled.

New court dates will be set and notifications with new court dates will be mailed on Monday, January 8. If you have any questions concerning a court date, call the Dare County Clerk’s Office at 252-475-5200 next week or check the web at www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars/CriminalQuery.

Dare County Libraries will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 6. To stay up to date with latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx/.

For updated road conditions, visit www.drivenc.gov. For updated closure/cancellation information from Dare County and links to important contact information, visit www.darenc.com/winterweather.

All offices of the Town of Kill Devil Hills will be closed Friday. The KDH Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center at 701 Bermuda Bay Boulevard, will also be closed Friday. Commercial solid waste collections scheduled for Friday are suspended due to road conditions.


Thursday, 12:10 p.m.

Road conditions were less than ideal for travel this morning.


From Kill Devil Hills Police Department Lt. J.C. Towler:
At 12:00 p.m. there are no motor vehicle collisions or other significant weather related events to report in Kill Devil Hills. The roadways are lightly traveled as residents appear to heeding warnings about dangerous driving conditions.

Surface streets in Kill Devil Hills remain treacherous to drive on. Ongoing snowfall has added limited visibility to the already considerable hazardous conditions. Surface streets and the main highways (US 158 / NC 12) are covered with a layer of snow with ice underneath that presents a hazard to drivers. Some traffic lights remain obscured or without power. Dominion Power trucks continue to work throughout the Town and drivers are cautioned to give them wide berth as they conduct repairs.

There have been some reports of vehicles sliding off the roadway, but no related injuries. Officers have observed several locations, particularly around the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where drivers have pulled off the paved portion of the road to take pictures and become stuck in the snow.

The Police Department urges citizens to continue to avoid driving unless necessary until roads are made safe. Again there is a layer of ice under the powder on almost all streets that presents an invisible danger to drivers.


The Red Cross has closed the shelter located at the Cooperative Extension auditorium due to no citizens arriving last night or this morning. Any Currituck County resident with an emergency should call 9-1-1. The Currituck Communications Center remains fully-staffed.



Thursday, 11:40 a.m.

Max Radio staff meterologist John Bernier update on the storm and forecast into the weekend.

Thursday, 11 a.m.

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Thursday, 9:50 a.m.

Kill Devil Hills Town Hall

From the Kill Devil Hills Police Department:
Surface streets in Kill Devil Hills remain treacherous to drive on. Streets and the main highways are covered with a layer of snow with ice underneath that presents a hazard to drivers. In addition several traffic lights remain obscured or malfunctioning. Dominion Power trucks are operating throughout the town and drivers are cautioned to give them wide berth as they conduct repairs.

Reports from overnight indicate no weather-related collisions but flying debris did present an issue for motorists.

The Police Department urges citizens to avoid driving unless necessary until roads are made safe. Again there is a layer of ice under the powder on almost all streets that is an invisible danger to drivers.

99.1 The Sound’s John Harper reported the Washington Baum Bridge and Manteo-Nags Head Causeway were not in as bad a condition as the bypass. He noted that power crews were working on a damaged pole on the causeway.


Thursday, 9:30 a.m.



Thursday, 9 a.m.

Preliminary snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service:
Nags Head, 3.5 inches
Rodanthe, 3 inches
Manns Harbor, 4 inches
Englehard, 3 inches

Peak wind gusts:
Diamond Shoals Buoy, 78 mph, 2:20 a.m.
Kitty Hawk Kites Resort, Waves, 77 mph, 3:25 a.m.
Oregon Inlet Coast Guard Station 76 mph, 2:10 a.m.
Jennettes Pier, 74 mph, 2:30 a.m.
Stumpy Point, 69 mph, 4:55 a.m.
Hatteras High, 63 mph, 1:11 a.m.
Rodanthe, 62 mph, 2:54 a.m.
Avon, 60 mph, 2:24 a.m.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, 54 mph, 2:12 a.m.
Manteo Airport, 48 mph, 2:05 a.m.
First Flight Airstrip, 46 mph, 1:20 a.m.

Power outages total around 1,200 customers in Dare County, while in Currituck there were about 600 reported primarily in Corolla.


Thursday, 7:55 a.m.



Thursday, 7:35 a.m.


High surf is breaking on Nags Head Fishing Pier, coating it in a layer of ice. (OBXSurfInfo.com image)



Thursday, 7:25 a.m.


Roads throughout the area are covered. This view is from a NCDOT traffic camera at U.S. 158 and 3rd Street.


Thursday, 6:45 a.m.



Thursday, 5:15 a.m.

Rain has turned to snow on the Outer Banks as the storm’s center passes Cape Hatteras.

More than 2 inches are on the ground in Nags Head. NCDOT traffic cameras show U.S. 158 in Dare and Currituck counties and N.C. 12 covered.

Winds are still running well over 40 mph with higher gusts. The National Weather Service forecasts that the wind and snow will taper off later this morning.

A NOAA satellite picture shows the storm’s center deepening offshore with a huge swath of clouds wrapping around the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S.

From Currituck County:
Currituck County Government offices will be closed on Thursday due to the inclement weather conditions.

At this time, a decision has not been made on whether offices will be open on Friday, Jan. 5. Because of the current weather conditions, citizens are advised to avoid traveling and limit time outdoors.

Citizens experiencing an emergency may still call 9-1-1 as the county’s emergency medical services and law enforcement remain operational.


Wednesday, 11 p.m.

Sustained winds are 48 mph at Jennette’s Pier.

At the Corps of Engineers Research Pier in Duck, the wind was clocked at 42 mph at 10:50 p.m.

Temperatures are around 39 degrees, still well above freezing as the rain continues.

The National Weather Service forecasts rain and snow between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., then snow after 4 a.m., when the temperature will drop to near freezing.


Wednesday, 8:45 p.m.

U.S. 158 and 3rd Street in Kill Devil Hills at 8:45 p.m. (NCDOT)

Rain continues to fall along the Outer Banks, as temperatures remain in the upper 30s. But the changeover is slowly making its way east, as Elizabeth City has just started seeing a mix of rain, sleet and snow.

Winds have turned to the north at 16 mph with gusts to 24 at the Manteo airport, while at Mirlo Beach north winds had increased to 23 mph with gusts to 34 mph.

School systems that have announced closings for Thursday include Dare, Currituck, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, Gates, Mattamuskeet, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington County.

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Live shot of the Wright Brothers National Memorial. (Courtesy Town of Kill Devil Hills)


Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

In anticipation of dangerous conditions associated with the winter storm, all Dare County offices will be closed on Thursday.

The Dare County Clerk of Court’s Office will be closed on Thursday. Weather conditions will be evaluated on Thursday and a decision will then be made about closures for Friday. Filings may be made at the Dare County Magistrates Office located at 1044 Driftwood Drive in Manteo.

All Criminal and Civil Court sessions scheduled for Dare County on Thursday have been cancelled. Weather conditions will be evaluated on Thursday by 1:00 p.m. for all court scheduled for Friday. New court dates will be set and notifications for the new court dates will be mailed on Monday, January 8.

If you have any questions concerning a court date, you may call the Dare County Clerk’s Office at 252-475-5200 or check the web at http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars/CriminalQuery.html.


The Dare County Center, the Baum Center, Lions Club, Family Recreation Park and the Fessenden Center will be closed Thursday and all activities are cancelled. In addition, Dare County Transportation has cancelled all scheduled appointments for Thursday.

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for Thursday and will reschedule pick-ups for Kitty Hawk, Colington, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village on Friday if conditions allow. The transfer stations in Manns Harbor and Buxton and the C&D Landfill in Manns Harbor will be closed on Thursday.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center will be closed Thursday.


Wednesday, 5 p.m.


Due to the possibility of inclement weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions, the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island will be closed to the public on Thursday, January 4. Jennette’s Pier will also be closed Thursday.


National Park Service visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, will be closed on Thursday, January 4.

Visitor facilities, including visitor centers and off-road vehicle permit offices, at all three parks are scheduled to return to normal operating hours on Friday, January 5.

During the winter storm event, rough surf and ocean overwash are possible. Beach access ramps will remain open to off-road vehicles and pedestrians at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but some beach routes may become hazardous and impassable during both high and low tide conditions.


Updated snowfall prediction from the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City:

Forecast snowfall amounts from the National Weather Service in Wakefield:

Projected maximum wind speeds with the storm:


Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

It’s the calm before the storm at Nags Head Pier this afternoon. Temperatures have reached the low to mid 40s along the beaches so when the precipitation arrives it will likely start as rain, but is quickly expected to change to snow. Photo courtesy OBXSurfInfo.com.


Due to the blizzard warning, the Red Cross will open a shelter for Currituck County residents this evening at 7:00 p.m. This shelter will be located in the auditorium of the Cooperative Extension Center, 120 Community Way, Barco.

To access the shelter, visitors will need to go to the auditorium’s entrance in the rear parking lot of Cooperative Extension. Pets will not be allowed inside the shelter. Meals will be provided, and guests should bring any personal supplies they may need such as medications and snacks.

For further information, contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

Comments

  • obxoma

    OK guys – all of those in charge in County and towns- we have the sand and lots of trucks – how about helping out and sanding the roads down? Lots of northerner’s and westerner’s have moved in and they know this service is normal. No town needs to buy this equipment just rent the services for the few events we have – give the local guys more money in their pocket and keep OBX businesses, schools and medical facilities open.

    Friday, Jan 5 @ 7:21 pm
  • Bill cogger

    This is no joke although road clearance certainly is!

    Sunday, Jan 7 @ 11:56 am
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