Snow and bitter cold stall life in N.C.

With the roads in such hazardous shape, some individuals stuck to walking in fear of getting stuck in the snow on West Market Street in Greensboro.

Snow and bitter cold stall life in N.C.
January 12
04:30 2017

Photo by Timothy Ramsey



RALEIGH —A bitter cold followed the weekend snow and ice storm in North Carolina, where schools, government offices and college campuses were closed because temperatures were too low to help clear the roads.

Schools were closed at least three days, including in Winston-Salem, and universities closed or had emergency schedules.

Temperatures reached lows not seen since January 1985 when a record cold spread across the state.

Gov. Roy Cooper warned people not to be deceived by the sunshine and some clear roads. One person was killed Sunday and two injured when a car skidded off an icy Interstate 73/74 in Montgomery County, he said.

The National Weather Service said the lows were near zero in places as far east as the Triad area of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point.

The last time Greensboro hit zero degrees was on Jan. 19, 1994. The city has hit zero or below only 14 times since 1903, when weather record-keeping began. The lowest temperature ever in Greensboro was 8 degrees below zero on Jan. 21, 1985.

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