Area Enjoys Second Taste of Winter
Moore Countians got another taste of winter weather this weekend — for the second time in two weeks.
This time it was just snow, with no sleet and freezing rain mixed in.
As much as four inches of snow fell in some areas of the county, but it wasn’t expected to stick around long. The sun started melting the snow as temperatures rose into the upper 30s Saturday afternoon.
A handful of residents were out enjoying the snow, hitting winter hot spots such as “Suicide Hill” on Spring Road in Southern Pines for some sledding.
Snowfall totals varied in Moore County, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh: Carthage, 4 inches; Seven Lakes, 2.7 inches; Pinehurst, 2.8 inches; Aberdeen, 3 inches; and Southern Pines, 3.4 inches.
Moore County was initially under a winter weather advisory that was to run from 5 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. The weather service later changed it to a winter storm warning, which expired at 3:30 a.m.
The snow began falling after sunset Friday and continued late into the evening. By the time the sun came up Saturday, a blanket of snow covered yards, cars, birdhouses, decks and mailboxes.
Few problems were reported Saturday. Most roads remained passable throughout the weekend, with some slick spots on back roads and streets in shaded areas. Patches of black ice were expected on roads Saturday night and early this morning, as temperatures dropped into the 20s.
The N.C. Department of Transportation and several towns treated roads with a salt-brine solution during the day Friday in anticipation of the snow.
Forecasters are calling for a mix of sun and clouds today, with the high temperature reaching 46 degrees. Rain or snow is possible early Monday, beginning after 1 a.m and lasting until 8 a.m.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks weatherwise for Moore County.
Two weeks ago, a mix of freezing rain, sleet and some snow made travel treacherous. The icy conditions remained for several days as temperatures remained at or below freezing.
Last Wednesday, wind gusts of up to 50 mph battered Moore County, knocking down trees and power lines across the area. Trees fell on homes and cars in several areas. No one was injured.
Contact Tom Embrey at (910) 693-2484 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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