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MELTING AWAY: Roads improve as thaw begins

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Life is finally starting to return to normal around the region as a long-awaited thaw has begun.

Despite light precipitation overnight, temperatures at or above freezing aided the work of road crews as southeastern North Carolina begins to defrost from a winter storm that will be long remembered for its ice than snow in many areas.

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This morning main roads in Wilmington like MLK Parkway, Market St., 3rd St., Oleander Dr., 17th St. and College Rd. were mainly clear of ice, though patches of slush remained. Many secondary roads, though, were messier, but conditions are

The Shallotte Fire Department, which has reported very poor road conditions the last couple of days, says that town's roads are clear with the exception of a few slushy patches. The department warns of the potential of more ice in neighborhoods.

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The NCDOT says maintenance crews in Division 3, which includes Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties are focusing their efforts today on secondary roads. DOT says the division has 71 trucks and 13 motor graders working on the roads, including 10 trucks from the Triad that arrived earlier this week to help. Approximately 3,092 tons of salt have been used as of this morning, the DOT said, but the agency believes there is still enough salt in the area to get the job done.

Today's forecast calls for highs in the upper 40s and maybe even low 50s. It's a significant departure from the sub-freezing temperatures that have gripped the region since Tuesday evening. The warmth should allow significant melting letting some people venture out for the first time in days.

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Emergency dispatchers told WWAY there were no significant issues around the region overnight. It may be a sign that many drivers continued to heed warnings to stay off roads unless travel was absolutely necessary.

Still trouble spots will continue in many areas, and drivers are urged to continue using caution, slow down and increase their following distance.

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Star News

I wonder if Star News has gone out of business. I know we had a little snow & ice but yesterday and today is no excuse.Dose any one know what the problem may be?

Not getting your paper...

is another reason to cancel your subscription. Anything newsworthy can be found online.

The Star-News...

is printed in Fayetteville. I imagine road conditions kept the delivery truck(s) from delivering the paper to Wilmington.

And that, transplants, is why we buy bread/mile & close schools

when it becomes apparent we will get ice/snow. We've been through this before. We buy perishables because with the roads iced over, you have three days at home and nothing to do but fight cabin fever and eat. And yes, if you lose power, milk and eggs will be fine because your whole house will be a refrigerator and if you do manage to heat the inside, put the perishables outside.

We close schools and other institutions because when cold fronts bringing ice/snow arrive here, it's usually warm in the hours before they hit so we get an inch or two or three of ice before the snow. It's not driving at that point, it's ice skating. And no, it's not worth the local/state governments purchasing/maintaining millions of dollars of winter infrastructure to use every couple of years to clear every road. It's better just to close some institutions and let it pass. The reason many of you moved here was to escape the tax burdens you created by expecting your governments back in the Rust Belt to be all things to all people in all situations.

During the hours before the storm, on various message boards, there were a lot of criticisms regarding the bread/eggs/milk purchases and the decision to close schools and other institutions. This winter weather event underscored why it's been the tradition to do those things. Enjoy those lower taxes and maybe now you understand why they're lower!

Just ME said it right!

I agree with Justme. This is a rarity here, so sit at home and stay off the roads when this happens. I also feel for all those how had to work thru this week. It's best not to clog the roads, so emergency people can get places as quickly as they can. Having grown up here (yes, I'm a local) I remember if there was just a "chance" of snow, we couldn't concentrate in school anyway! It was best to let us go home, where we would be safe, and have fun! To all these people complaining about what was closed, etc....just wait til we get a major hurricane. Of course, I guess you'll complain about that too.

Lower Taxes?

We are actually in the top 10 for highest taxes according to a recent yahoo.com article. We are the #1 southern state also. These are just the facts.

I agree with Just Me.. Look

I agree with Just Me.. Look at what happened in Ga. We do not live in the snow areas. We have hurricanes sometimes and we have to deal with that. But when the State and Local Government say that we have bad Winter weather on the way, we need to be ready just in case.. We don't have the equipment for snow storms since we are not a snow area. Thank you God for TV 3 who has kept me updated for the whole week...I know there are a lot of people out there who are still complaining about no school and our area not having the equipment for ice and snow,, But you know what we are still here and praying that we will be here again tomorrow... Thank you to all the Men and Ladies who worked long hours and had short meals.. I am glad that y'all were here for us Southerners who know that we are lucky to be here in the South with the Sun. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WORKED IN THE ICE AND SNOW...

Just the same, they were

Just the same, they were complaining about Hurricane Sandy when it hit up there. Loss of power for 2 weeks, roads being flooded, etc. Welcome to our world. We weren't down here making fun of them going "HAHAHA. Why don't y'all have your houses built to hurricane standards?" Well, that would be because they don't get them that much and it wouldn't make any sense to do it. Just like here. It would not make any sense to buy a bunch of plows or get snow tires for your cars. It would be a waste of money.