Southside, N.C. road crews prepare for more snow

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(WAVY) — As another round of winter weather approaches Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina, all of the forecast scenarios seem to agree on one thing: North Carolina and the Southside should pick up the most snow.

Outer Banks residents are accustomed to riding out hurricanes, but snow is a different story. And that could be a problem when meteorologists expect up to 10 inches to fall in northeastern North Carolina Tuesday into Wednesday.

“I don’t think I’ve been in a storm down here other than the coastal storms and the Nor’easters, and those are totally different than 10 inches of snow,” said Ron Paquette, who moved to the Outer Banks from Michigan.

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials cannot recall a significant snowfall in recent decades.

“We don’t usually get snow of that nature at the beach,” said Win Bridgers, Jr., Assistant Division Maintenance Engineer for NCDOT. “Just a few times in a lifetime.”

NCDOT trucks started treating the major roads with brine at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Workers will start a 12-hour shift rotation Tuesday at 8 p.m. Additionally, arrangements are being made to move manpower, trucks and salt from the west to help an area unaccustomed to this kind of precipitation.

“We have made arrangements with our western division in Halifax County to pick up and move some salt to our Windsor maintenance yard and our Williamston maintenance yard so we can get supplies delivered,” Bridgers said.

Back in Virginia on the Southside, the roads are mostly clear again after the snowfall last week. But snow plows will return, if the forecast is correct.

Virginia Beach Public Works crews are busy getting ready, according to Jim Huntington with the department.

“We’re mixing materials, checking and prepping, inspecting equipment and replacing everything that needs to be done and ordering shipments of materials to come in to keep us going, and we should be ready to roll when the weather hits,” he told WAVY.com.

Huntington said about 2,000 tons of abrasives were used during last week’s storm to treat hundreds of miles of city streets. The evidence of that is at local car washes, where drivers are getting the grime washed away from riding along those treated roads.

Dina Klingeman, a local driver, told WAVY.com, “I think they did a good job since this isn’t something they’re used to.They make the best effort they can, and you just have to be careful. Ready for round two? I’m ready to just stay home.”

Klingeman said she anticipates returning to the car wash later this week.

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