Counties across ENC working to get back to normal after winter storm

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA - Counties across Eastern North Carolina were still working to get back to normal Friday, after a winter storm earlier in the week brought a mix of snow and ice.

In Craven County, the Highway Patrol said the primary roads were mainly clear, but secondary roads still had a lot of ice and snow on them.

A state of emergency was declared in Onslow County earlier in the week, but has since been lifted. Law enforcement is still encouraging drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

Thursday, the Highway Patrol responded to more than 240 service calls for wrecks, cars in ditches and stranded motorists.

In Lenoir County, Kinston City Manager, Tony Sears, said thanks to DOT workers, things are starting to get back to normal.

"As soon as Mother Nature warms up and we get enough bright sunshine, we'll be able to start moving more ice and snow off the secondary roads," Sears said.

Officials said bridges are mostly clear in Carteret County, but with the low temperatures some main highways still had heavy ice.

As for Pitt County, officials said it got so cold Wednesday that plowing just wasn't working. They also ran out of salt earlier in the week, but had 150 tons of salt delivered Thursday.

Officials in Pitt County hoped to have the majority of roads cleared by Friday afternoon.

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