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Crews report on deteriorating weather conditions in the Cape Fear region

Team coverage round-up of the winter storm in southeastern North Carolina
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 4:28 PM EST
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CAPE FEAR REGION, N.C. (WECT) - As the winter storm moves into the region, road conditions are deteriorating Friday evening and are not expected to improve immediately due to low temperatures Saturday morning.

WECT’s crews are reporting from Brunswick, Columbus, and New Hanover Counties.

According to the National Weather Service: A large swath of precipitation will continue to overspread a cold air-mass in place across the area resulting in a round of freezing rain - along with a changeover to sleet/snow through tonight.

Very cold temperatures are expected Saturday night into Sunday morning with lows in the teens most areas. Temperatures in the lower 20s inland to the upper 20s/around 30 at the coast are expected Sunday night into Monday morning. Prolonged impacts are possible through the weekend as a result - especially for those without power.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported one ice-related incident earlier Friday where a tree that was leaning over Hwy 17 and had to be cleared.

Around 6 p.m., BCSO posted this traffic alert on its Facebook page: Bridges are beginning to ice over on the I-140 around mile marker 20. Already multiple wrecks. Please stay off the roads if possible. Conditions will continue to deteriorate as the evening progresses.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Wilmington Police Department posted this traffic alert on Facebook: MLK Parkway will be closed between Kerr Avenue and Downtown Wilmington. Motorists should plan alternate routes and avoid this area.

Check this link below for further traffic updates:

Troopers advise people to stay off the roads tonight

In Whiteville, the main roads and some side roads have been salted and extra police and fire crews are on hand.

Whiteville’s emergency services director Hal Lowder urges people to be careful at home using space heaters.

“We could see some power outages so be prepared for power outages, be prepared to hunker down with extra blankets,” said Lowder. “If you’re going to be using a space heater be safe with those”

In Wilmington, Duke Energy is prepared with 100 trucks lined up and 200 workers ready to respond if power lines are brought down by frozen tree limbs. Out-of-state power crews are also in the region on standby.

Power crews are ready and on standby

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has back-up generators for use during power outages.

The hospital tends to see more car crash victims during winter storms and officials expect an increase in injuries from falls, so they encourage people to take extra care when checking conditions or letting pets out.

Hospital is prepared for weather-related emergencies from ice storm

Although no storm shelters have been set up, officials in New Hanover County say people can call (910) 452-6120 with non-emergency inquiries or visit https://emergency.nhcgov.com/ for more information.

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