LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Accumulation that began as another steady bout of flurries in Lexington Thursday morning again had turned to sleet by 8 a.m., causing a potentially more severe hazard on already-icy roadways.
From the time the snowfall began across the Triad Wednesday (approximately noon, in most areas) to the time it temporarily subsided in the early morning hours Thursday, Lexington's snow accumulation measured at five inches in many areas. But, as explained by WFMY News 2 meteorologist Eric Chilton, yardstick measurements showed only three to three and a half inches, due to the ice's compaction of the snow.
According to Davidson County EMS, only five to six serious accidents occurred overnight in the county. An EMS operator explained, "Everyone is staying home, for once."
NCDOT Division 7 reiterated people's attentiveness to heeding to Governor McCrory's state of emergency. Division 7 maintenance engineer Mark Crook explained he had traveled along I-85 for most of the night while monitoring road conditions. He said he primarily saw only instances of fender benders and cars that had run off the roadways.
Crook said major highways in Davidson County are "passable" but still dangerously covered in ice and snow. Neil Patel, the general manager of the Quality Inn on Plaza Parkway near I-85, said he was more than hour late to work Thursday, because his neighborhood streets and secondary roadways had not yet been tended to by plows. (*Note* NCDOT places neighborhoods and secondary roadways as a priority second to bare pavement roads, like major interstates).
Most other counties in the Triad are experiencing similar road conditions. NCDOT encourages all drivers to stay home, unless they have emergency situations.
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