Winter Storm

City of Wilmington

Thursday saw an encouraging degree of snow melt, as temperatures squeaked above freezing by a couple of degrees during the afternoon hours.  But officials say that doesn’t mean it’s safe to hit the roads on Friday.

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office

The snow has stopped falling, and the Cape Fear region is waking up Thursday morning to a winter wonderland.  Government offices, schools, morning flights, and many businesses are shut down for the second day in row.  Despite some optimism late Wednesday, with some organizations planning to re-open at 10 AM, including New Hanover County Government offices and the Battleship, officials reconsidered Thursday morning and are staying closed.

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency late Wednesday afternoon for all eastern and several central North Carolina counties.  A mix of freezing rain and sleet was already falling in the Cape Fear region, and the message from the Governor’s office as well as New Hanover County’s Director for Emergency Management, Steven Still, was the same. 

Stay off the roads.

Rachel Lewis Hilburn

A winter storm making its way through North Carolina has put emergency crews on alert.

The winter weather sweeping through southeastern North Carolina over the next 24 hours is actually two distinct storm systems. 

Rachel Lewis Hilburn

Treacherous roadways are proving to be the serious hazards that officials predicted. 

Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until 9 this evening.

Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The timeline for the current winter storm has shifted slightly.  As one meteorologist at the National Weather Service tells WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the warnings are still valid and experts say this is an extremely rare – and serious – storm.

Most people have heard about the serious winter storm making its way to the Cape Fear region.  But what many people may not know: