NC works to thaw from winter storm

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina worked to return to normal Monday after ice and snow was dumped across the state last week.

Parking lots and sidewalks concerned Wake County schools officials the most as many roadways are driveable following Sunday’s warm up and treatment by the Department of Transportation.

The system announced it would operate on a three-hour delay Tuesday.

Some secondary roads like Grosvenor Drive in North Raleigh are still covered with ice.

“You may be going down a road that looks finally clear and there’s that black ice sitting out there,” said Steve Abbott with NCDOT.

Grosvenor Drive in North Raleigh
Grosvenor Drive in North Raleigh on Monday morning.

The system closed Friday and Monday after a massive winter storm passed over the East Coast. More than 40,000 Duke Energy customers were without power in Wake County alone Friday.

Duke Energy was still working to restore power to some customers Monday morning.

“This storm cause significant damage and outages across the Carolinas,” said spokeswoman Meredith Archie. “As we’ve moved along in the restoration process a lot of the work we are doing is a lot more challenging and complex.”

The Utility said all the major outages have been fixed and now is working on smaller, isolated problems affecting small numbers of customers with one goal in mind.

The State Highway Patrol urges drivers to clear off their cars before taking to the roads.

“Snow, sleet and ice. You’re going to have a lot of that accumulating on vehicles and when the vehicles warm up through the sun and so forth those become dislodged and they become projectiles on the highway,” said Lt. Jeff Gordon with the Highway Patrol.

Statewide, the Highway Patrol responded to more than 2,500 wrecks during the storm.

“You’re going to have those patches of black ice that we want people to be very cautious of when they get out and travel in the morning,” Gordon said.

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