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.
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.
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.
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.