Numerous Wrecks Reported as Winter Storm Hits Area
Numerous wrecks were reported all around the county Friday and early Saturday after a winter storm brought a mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet, making road conditions extremely hazardous.
Authorities had urged people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary until temperatures got above freezing Saturday.
Emergency responders were busy Friday afternoon trying to respond to all of the traffic accidents. Many were blamed on black ice.
Roads and other surfaces were later coated by sleet. There were several reports of overturned vehicles. At least one serious wreck involved a motorist being pinned in a vehicle.
At one point Friday afternoon, responders were handling three wrecks simultaneously on the U.S. 1 bypass.
Public and private schools as well as Sandhills Community College closed early Friday. The Moore County Schools also cancelled all extracurricular activities, including athletic games, Friday night.
Areas of light snow, sleet and freezing rain began moving across the central part of the state before noon Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh. After a brief break, more widespread precipitation moved in during the afternoon, with temperatures dropping into the upper 20s.
Local municipal and N.C. Department of Transporta-tion crews began pretreating roads and taking other steps to prepare for the storm earlier in the week. Crews used a salt-water mixture called brine to help prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement.
The high temperature is expected to reach the mid-40s today and upper 50s on Monday. By Tuesday, the area could see the temperature hit 70.
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