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ICED OVER: Storm gone, but frozen impact still grips region

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day after a potent winter storm passed through southeastern North Carolina, the region is still gripped by the storm’s impact.

What little thawing of roads was possible yesterday, when temperatures never reached above the freezing point, refroze overnight, leaving anyone who does need to drive today with an icy ride.

State and local governments warn drivers not to head out unless they absolutely have to. Many schools, governments and businesses have closed again today for what is a third day off for many people. With temperatures not expected to rise much above freezing today, many people could find themselves homebound again tomorrow.

Yesterday the NCDOT said the work crews did ahead of the storm to prepare roads helped. Still many major roads were reduced to rutted sheets of ice Wednesday evening. Meanwhile neighborhood streets looked more like ice rinks than roadways.

This morning, conditions are no better with vehicles slipping and sliding on the slick conditions.

A full thaw may not come until the weekend. The forecast is for a high temperature around 50 Friday with more warmth and even some rain moving in through Saturday and Sunday.

Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 for the latest on road conditions and the forecast.


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