UPDATED: Power generally restored, but roads treacherous

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

The city of High Point Utilities Department reports that no major outages as of 8:45 this morning.

But High Point area roads remain icy in spots. Main roads, such as N. Main and Eastchester, are generally clear. But secondary roads have large amounts of snow and ice that built up overnight. Authorities still are asking motorists to remain off the roads or drive with caution this morning.

Electrict operations engineer Larry Hopkins said that up to 200 High Point municipal power customers were without power at times late last night and early this morning.

The Guilford and Davidson county school systems aren't holding classes today.

Guilford Technical Community College initially was going to open at 10 a.m. But the college has decided to close due to the ice that is present.  All day classes are canceled for students and employees.  A decision on evening classes will be made by 3 pm today.

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation warns passengers that routes could be delayed today.

 

 

 

 

 

The Randolph County Schools and Thomasville City Schools have cancelled after-school extracurricular and evening activities because of expected inclement weather tonight.

Asheboro City Schools will open on a two-hour delay Friday morning.

 

The inaugural snowfall of this winter season — and first significant local snowfall in two years — was expected to total from 3 to 5 inches in the High Point area.
Road conditions could be treacherous this morning because of snow and freezing overnight temperatures. State Highway Patrol Sgt. K.G. Brown said motorists should avoid driving this morning if possible and take extra precautions if they choose to get on roadways.
“Basically, if you don’t need to be driving (this) morning, stay home,” Brown said.
The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will close today because of the weather.
Thursday night’s snow was expected to be heavy at times, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jonathan Blaes. The snow was expected to taper off after midnight.
Temperatures today should reach above the freezing mark, and conditions will clear. So sunshine and temperatures above 32 degrees should lead to melting of snow.
“A lot of the sun energy and heat will go to melting the snow. It will be above freezing by the afternoon. So sunny spots will melt pretty readily; shady spots, not as much,” Blaes said.
In addition to hazarous road conditions this morning, melting snow that refreezes overnight today could lead to treacherous driving conditions this evening through early Saturday morning.
“The drop in (overnight) temperatures we will have for the next couple of days, that definitely will be a reason for us to continue to be cautious,” Brown said.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews across the region spent Thursday outfitting their trucks with plows and spreaders. The DOT reports that the state agency has stockpiled adequate supplies of salt and sand to spread on roadways.
Warmer and drier winter conditions have kept High Pointers from experiencing snow for most of the past two years.
The last major snowfall in the High Point area was the so-called “white Christmas” of Dec. 24-25, 2010, when upward of 4 to 6 inches of snow fell across the Piedmont. Another 1.4 inches of snow was recorded in the area during January 2011, according to National Weather Service records.

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The first snowfall of this winter season — and first significant snowfall in the area in more than a year — is expected to start after dinnertime this evening in the High Point area.
The National Weather Service indicates snowfall will start as a mix of snow and rain between 7 and 9 p.m., then turn to snow from 9 p.m. through midnight.
Up to 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall in the area, with snow heavy at times, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jonathan Blaes. The snow will taper off after midnight.
Anticipating the inclement weather, Guilford County Schools Guilford County Schools is cancelling all after-school activities for Thursday.
"That includes all extracurricular activities and athletics practices and contests," the school system. "Classes are also cancelled for Twilight School, the district’s school that operates on an evening schedule. The ACES after-school enrichment program will operate on a regular schedule. Early/middle colleges and the SCALE programs will dismiss no later than 4 p.m."The inaugural snowfall of this winter season — and first significant local snowfall in two years — was expected to total from 3 to 5 inches in the High Point area.
Road conditions could be treacherous this morning because of snow and freezing overnight temperatures. State Highway Patrol Sgt. K.G. Brown said motorists should avoid driving this morning if possible and take extra precautions if they choose to get on roadways.
“Basically, if you don’t need to be driving (this) morning, stay home,” Brown said.
The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will close today because of the weather.
Thursday night’s snow was expected to be heavy at times, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jonathan Blaes. The snow was expected to taper off after midnight.
Temperatures today should reach above the freezing mark, and conditions will clear. So sunshine and temperatures above 32 degrees should lead to melting of snow.
“A lot of the sun energy and heat will go to melting the snow. It will be above freezing by the afternoon. So sunny spots will melt pretty readily; shady spots, not as much,” Blaes said.
In addition to hazarous road conditions this morning, melting snow that refreezes overnight today could lead to treacherous driving conditions this evening through early Saturday morning.
“The drop in (overnight) temperatures we will have for the next couple of days, that definitely will be a reason for us to continue to be cautious,” Brown said.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews across the region spent Thursday outfitting their trucks with plows and spreaders. The DOT reports that the state agency has stockpiled adequate supplies of salt and sand to spread on roadways.
Warmer and drier winter conditions have kept High Pointers from experiencing snow for most of the past two years.
The last major snowfall in the High Point area was the so-called “white Christmas” of Dec. 24-25, 2010, when upward of 4 to 6 inches of snow fell across the Piedmont. Another 1.4 inches of snow was recorded in the area during January 2011, according to National Weather Service records.

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