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First winter storm of 2014 brings ice, snow

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The last week of January brought record cold temperatures and a major winter storm to southeastern NC. Several hours of persistent sleet gave way to snowfall accumulations, leading to dangerous road conditions.

Below, you will find a comparison between the forecast given by our weather team and the actual (unofficial) observed totals reported to the National Weather Service.

For any storm you can always follow the latest updates via Facebook & Twitter, or download our StormTrack 3 mobile app to see a more detailed forecast for your home.

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

 

 

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How about just not having such an inferiority complex?

Some of you are about as mature as second graders. "Ooohh, the bad Yankee says I'm wimpy about snow... waaaahhh!!!"

It's really embarrassing to watch.

How about you folks get a hold of yourselves and quit acting like it's the end of the world because somebody told you they handle snow better than you do?

I really can't understand how this is so insulting to people.

Heee staaaarted it! ...... Really? ...... LOL

If none of you would do it wouldn't happen at all. Reminds me of a bunch of 4th graders. All of you need to grow up and move on. This is getting old and totally non-productive.

Comments from the North

It always amazes me how people can be so small minded. So many people from up north are quick to talk badly about the way we handle things in the south - weather and everything else. Thank heavens that these people are the minority and there are plenty of good people from up north that chose to live here. That's right - if you moved here, then you must have liked what you saw. No one forced you to live in southeastern NC and to be sure there are tens of thousands of other places in this country that you could have gone. Just because we talk a little slower than you do doesn't mean that we are country bumpkins. I'd like to think that those of us who are natives and newcomers alike are proud to call this place home. We are proud of our small neck of the woods and most of us wouldn't rather live anywhere else. Please consider relocating if you can't find anything nice to say about the way we do things. I-95 can take you all the way back home and even I-40 can get you to sunny west coast - maybe you'll have something better to say about them, but I doubt it.

This is the South

We enjoy the snow occasionally just as Yankees enjoy our beautiful beaches occasionally. We don't laugh at you when you over react to the sun, heat, humidity or ocean waves so why laugh at us for trying to keep everyone safe during a snow and ice storm? If you think we should be driving on ice, dying in a car accident all because you have experienced more of it, then maybe you should volunteer to show us how it's done. I'm sure someone in NY will claim your body for burial in NY. Southern hospitality is extended to those worthy of receiving it. SOUTHERNER'S STICK TOGETHER THROUGH THICK AND THIN!

Snow

Please remember if you do not like the way we handle snow in the south
THE 17 WILL TAKE YOU HOME, please drive carefully as you exit our wonderful state.

This is for

all the posters who have been grinding their keyboards over the proposed insurance rate increase.

Call your agent on Friday; ask how many frozen pipe claims there were.

Ask how many chimney flu fires there were caused by cheapies who did not have their chimney cleaned prior to winter.

Ask how many claims were due to not opening the flu and the house fills with smoke.

For that matter, ask how many fires take place due to not properly disposing of cigarette butts.

If you think hurricanes are the only cause of loss which affects insurance rates, well, ignorance is costly.

But ask your agent. OR, attend the public hearing in Raleigh and get the dope first hand.

THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH

I AM FROM NYC ALSO AND THE MAIN REASON I MOVED HERE WAS TO GET AWAY FROM THE SNOW, AND I WILL SAY ALL YANKEE'S DONT THINK THAT WAY. WHY WOULD ANY ONE WITH A BRAIN THINK IT FUNNY TO CLOSE SCHOOLS WHEN THERE IS NO WAY TO KEEP THE ROADS AND STREETS SAFE. I AM GLAD THEY DO IT LET BE REAL NY PEOPLE WE ALL KNOW WHEN WE LIVED IN NYC THEY WOULD NOT CLOSE SCHOOL NO MATTER HOW HIGH THE SNOW GOT THEY DIDN'T CARE ABOUT OUR SAFTY OR THE CHILDREN ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY IN NYC. I CAME HERE I NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY HIGH RENT AND FREEZE IN THE WINTER BECAUSE THE LAND LORD WONT GIVE HEAT OR ENOUGH I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT NOT GETTING OUT MY DOOR BECAUSE THE SUPPER DIDNT REMOVE THE SNOW. AND WHEN A HURRICANE COMES MY SOUTHEREN NEIGHBORS TELL ME WAHT TO DO BECAUSE I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HURRICANS AND WHEN AND IF IT SNOWS I TELL THEM LITTLE TIPS ON HOW TO GET RID OF THE ICE. SO I THINK THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH WILL ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO FIGHT ABOUT. I LOVE THE SOUTH BEEN HERE FOUR YEARS AND WILL STAY I LOVE NYC BUT MY HOME IS IN THE SOUTH WERE PEOPLE ARE MUCH NICER

That is worth Screaming about!

I Agree with you!

We love "the south", but mainly, our Wilmington and surrounding area that we moved to over 20 years ago now.

We also love our southern neighbors and friends and I appreciate their lovely ways. They have been very hospitable to us over the past 20 years and I would NEVER disparage them or anything about the way in which "they" do things.
The best thing that we ever did was to leave the jerks up north and be graciously accepted into the south. I want to be reincarnated as a born and bred southerner!
So, the morale of the story is Do not MOCK my Southern Friends...you leave the door wide open for AMPLE criticism and I will comply. So, try to live by example that southerners are known for, and BE NICE!!!

Just so you know....Roads in

Just so you know....Roads in colder regions are built and designed for the conditions. Also different mixtures of asphalt or concrete are used for regions. Most buildings and schools are designed that way also. 'Round heer' in the south we do not use the same oil, antifreeze, tires, etc, that you would up north. We have a fraction of supplies and equipment that are used to maintain roads in icy conditions. Like alot of people have said alreadythat snow to us here in wilmington is like you guys having a hurricane up north. You saw what happened in Sandy when most were not prepare. You were giving warning for at least a week in advance. Then acted surprised by the damage that was caused.Here in southeastern NC our building and beaches are built to withstand the conditions and hold up better during Hurricanes. I have been through at least 20 tropical storms or hurricanes in my 30 year and i still see the same houses on the water. Its apples and oranges you cant compare the weather. Along with the already high accident rate in the area it makes alot sense to close things down and enjoy a day off. Why risk it??...And i wouldnt blame the traffic on the locals. Our population consist of mostly retired northerners ,college students from out of town, and
personel from all over the world. Hopefully everyone will stay warm and safe as we prepare for Wilmingtons Winter Storm!

snow storm-bridge

Does anyone know where to look on line to find if the bridges are open tomorrow from Leland to Wilmington? Thanks!

Really?

I grew up outside of Buffalo,NY. Snow central! I am thankful that they close up and keep people off of the roads when there's snow and ice, if you're not used to it you will get hurt or hurt others. What's wrong with being smart? There are so many other things that we should focus our energy on. My suggestion is to grab a good movie, make some hot cocoa and snuggle up.Tbikehe war ended years ago...get over it. I love it here!

you yankees make us look like morons

you know ive been down here for years and im tired of you so called Yankees who make fun of the people from the south closing schools and offices they do not have the peoper equipment to deal with this ice is dangerouys NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE I lived in jersey and guess what schools would be closed tommrow there to if they had this forecast so if you think there soooooooooooo scared and dunb here GO BACK TO WHERE YOU COME FROM I love it here and do my best to fit in remember YOU moved here

I come from Minnesota where

I come from Minnesota where snow and sub-zero temps never slow us down. Heck, my friends sent me a picture of Minnehaha Falls completely frozen over. Yeah, we drive in bad weather. Businesses and schools for the most part stay open. It's -43 windchill this morning. However, if anyone has ever driven on an ice coated road before it is salted and sanded you wish you never started out. I for one am concerned for anyone out in this coming storm. If you can, avoid the roads at all costs. Stay at home and stay alive. Good luck to all Carolinians out there.

The war is over, MORON!

The fact that 200 years later, you're still calling us names like "YANKEE", MOST CERTAINLY makes you a MORON! Get over it. The war is over. Sheesh!

If you yankees would mind

If you yankees would mind your own business and not put us down every chance you get, we would have no reason to call you yankees.

Check your math skills

200 years ago would have been 1814. During 1814, the British were defeated at New Orleans by Andrew Jackson and his troops.

153 years ago, the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter; that was the outbreak of hostilities after southern states had withdrawn from the Union.

149 years ago saw The final surrender by General Johnson and his troops near Raleigh, NC; although Jefferson Davis was not captured for another 7 weeks.

May be your loose use of history earns you the sobriquet of Yankee. At least get your dates correct before you insult another's intelligence.

Maybe if you hadn't missed

Maybe if you hadn't missed so many snow days you would have learned your punctuation, and spelling a little bit better than you did, down here. Just sayin, yall.

correction

Hey everyone, Just take a look at this bloggers aberrant sentence structure!

I'm from MA where we get

I'm from MA where we get plenty of big snow storms and blizzards, and its true we don't shut down the state when we get bad weather, but we are equipped to handle such storms. We have a house on Oak Island and it is my dream to retire there. I don't understand why you would move to a beautiful place and then complain about how they do things there. We have always felt very welcome when we are there and I hope the locals know that not all northerners are ignorant. I for one can't wait to call OI my home and I'm happy to have as many snow days to stay safe and warm as they feel are necessary. Enjoy the snow from the comfort of your homes and stay safe!

Thank you to the

Thank you to the transplanted northerners who truly love this part of this country. To the northerners who continually put us dpwn because we close for a hint of snow... it must be nice to have nothing better to do. This is not directed at anyone in paryicular.

Ice and snow in the Southeast

For starters, Northerners are usually the ones who cause the accidents here because none of them know how to drive worth a damn.

Second, we don't have snow plows like the north so if there isn't enough salt put down, there is a slick layer of ice on the roads. We all get to see the multi-car pileups on the news of you Northerners driving on snow too fast so that if one slides, you all rear end the sucker in front of you. Y'all think if you just speed through it, the snow and ice will part like the Red Sea just for you.

I always laugh when the Northerners come out and joke about snow and ice events down here then during the storm and after the storm they get to complain because the roads aren't plowed and the power lines are down due to ice and they just start to whine.

Down here Hurricane preparedness is the major concern since we don't get wintery weather. Then of course we also have to suffer home insurance rate increases so that the damage caused by the category I Hurricane Sandy can be paid for. Down here we call a category I just a tropical breeze but it is worth it just to see the Northerners scared out of their pants when one blows through.

I don't know you,

I don't know you, lonetraveler, but I love you! You just made me lol at the pictures you drew in my head of northerners driving in the snow, and it couldn't be more accurate! I have encountered many an arrogant northerner who assumes that southerners are of lower intelligence because we don't have as much snow as they do. If I had known that snow was directly associated with one's I.Q., I would have taken a snowcone to school with me on test day. But while they brag that snow doesn't shut them down, we get to read the headlines of their hometown newspapers, telling a different story: "Entire City Shut Down Due To 15 inches Of Snow!" "Stranded in Snow Drift For Seven Days!", "Latest Victim Found Froze To Death Brings Total to Forty-Seven!"...

News Flash: Just because you were born in a northern city, does not mean you have super powers, higher intelligence or are impervious to the perils of being encased in ice. All it means is that you have a different set of problems to deal with than we do, so you develop different coping skills over the years. After all, we wouldn't expect you to hold hurricane drills or trade in your snow plows for snorkels; why do you expect us to trade our swim trunks skis?

I am ashamed to say I am from up North

I too am from the mountains of New York, actually Wilmington NY. I have been through many ice and snow storms in my life but with a difference. We were prepared, we had plows,sanders, studded tires or chains. We learned to drive in the bad weather.They don't have the equipment we had. There was comment that was made that property was able to be purchased because of hard work by someone from the north is very insulting. There are hundreds of hard working people from the north and south that have had to sell their homes because of the economy, what does that have to do with the storm? Those of you who have posted those rude,insulting comments have you been through a major hurricane? I have and I was so grateful to my southern friends and neighbors for helping me prepare. Isn't that what we should be doing? I have to say something that I never thought that I would say but I am ashamed to say that I am from up North when SOME not all of you can act like this. Like the good people of the south have told you, the road runs North too.

snow

During hurricane season I have seen Yankees leaving squealing like pigs.

If only

If only we could prevent them from coming back.

Snow cancellations

Don't even start this. When Washington and the Northeast was slammed with snow and ice last week, everything including the federal government offices, shut down. If you are complaining and feel you have a legitimate complaint about office closings, that's one thing. But to get sauced to the gills and hide behind a computer screen just to ease your boredom and vent is another.

I know most northers see the

I know most northers see the closures here due to snow as overkill, and yes they may be. However people here do not know how to drive in the snow/ice no matter how much is there. It is a public safety issue plan and simple. So you people from up north joke all you want-it is kind of funny, but realize that it is an issue here, because it is rare, so people do not know how to prepare. Give us a hurricane and we got it down!

let the hysteria begin

"Mayor Ron Watts has called an Emergency Meeting of the Sunset Beach Town Council for Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm to discuss emergency preparedness for the forecasted snow event expected to arrive on Tuesday, January 28, 2014."

For ONE INCH of snow or sleet! ONE INCH! Bring on the hysteria!

Heaven help us if we have a real crisis.

A real crisis? People

A real crisis? People getting killed in car accidents trying to get to a job wouldn't be considered a crisis? Sick and elderly people losing power and having no heat isn't a crisis? ANYTHING that could POSSIBLY cost someone their life, even one person is a crisis! One inch or a half of an inch of ice, sleet or snow is dangerous to for anyone, including YOU! Thinks its a joke? It's the people like you that don't prepare, that drive the roads when asked not to that cause harm. Being prepared is not something to laugh at, being unprepared is something to be ashamed of. This is the South, we prepare for storms no matter what the nature of the storm is because it's the intelligent thing to do.

Over reacting

I recently retired down here from Long Island. It's amazing how little it takes to shut the city down. A few flakes of snow and everyone hides in their homes. No wonder why the South lost the war.