Another day off from school as thaw kicks into high gear

By on January 7, 2018

This was the scene Thursday after the storm. (Sam Walker)

UPDATED: Other than Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke schools, students had a another day off Tuesday across the region due to the still treacherous secondary roads.

Overnight rainfall and above freezing temperatures have finally started to speed up the melt.

U.S. 158 on the Outer Banks was mostly clear by late Sunday, after the N.C. Department of Transportation was finally able to make headway over the weekend.


“Once temperatures got below freezing Thursday morning, all that rain (from the night before) turned to ice, which laid under the snow which made it increasing difficult to clear the road,” said NCDOT spokesperson Tim Hass.

Hass added the extreme cold temperatures behind the storm have been the biggest obstacle on getting roads cleared, because salt stops melting the ice when it gets below 19 degrees.

“In this part of the state, you treat before the snow gets here, plow once its there, and you’re usually above freezing in a day or two of a snowfall,” Hass said. “This was one those very unique storms that was difficult to deal with.”

Crews from as far away as Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Asheville have been working across northeastern North Carolina to get the roads clear, and will continue to do so today.

“We have to clear the primary roads before we can really attack the secondary roads,” Hass said. “We treated a lot of the secondary roads (with salt), but that treatment became ineffective with the really cold temperatures.”


Temperatures will slowly rise into Monday with a high of 45 degrees expected, and continue to climb into the week, reaching 63 by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday’s low of 2 degrees at Elizabeth City shattered the old mark of 13 for the date set in 2014, while the record low of 19 was tied at Cape Hatteras yesterday.

Nags Head Fishing Pier recorded the most snow on the Outer Banks with 3.5 inches during last week’s storm, while a wind gust of 77 mph was clocked at the Kitty Hawk Kites Resort on Hatteras Island, according to the National Weather Service.


A Weather Service roundup showed that Manns Harbor on the Dare County mainland saw 4 inches of snow.

The 77 mph gust at 3:25 a.m. on Jan. 4 — hurricane force is 74 mph and up — was the highest among statistics on the Outer Banks gathered by the Weather Service.

Oregon Inlet saw one at 76, while Southern Shores and Manteo both reported gusts of 48 mph. Kill Devil Hills’ top gust was 46 mph.

The KDH Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center, located at 701 Bermuda Bay Boulevard, will be closed Monday, but will resume operations on Tuesday, January 9.

KDH trash collection will be: Monday, limited commercial collection; Tuesday, normal West side residential collection; Wednesday, east side residential collection.

The Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills, The Dare County Youth Center/Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills, and The Lions Club Center/Westcott Park in Manteo will open at noon on Monday, due to refreezing of parking areas, sidewalks and stairs.


  • Bud

    We are ready for the next snow event, fun!

    Monday, Jan 8 @ 5:33 am
  • runnerguy45

    The question remains, why was Currituck county drivable yet Dare county was not ?

    Monday, Jan 8 @ 9:38 am
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