NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- It continues to be cold and wet outside as we continue on into the night. Many counties are seeing these conditions so the best idea is to stay inside.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation's biggest concern is freezing rain and wet roads re-freezing. Freezing means the possibility of black ice on the roads that you may or may not see.
Many thought the snow would come and go, but now the roads are bearing the aftermath of the winter precipitation.
"I saw a little bit on the truck so I figured it wasn't going to snow and then it just started piling up and then I said, 'Here we go,' said William Muench, who was driving in the snow.
The icy roads are not keeping people from getting behind the wheel and while some may be used to driving in dangerous conditions others are not familiar with the wintry mix.
"That's the scary part and especially ice," said John Wharton, who also went out in the bad conditions. "You need to be cautious about the ice."
Wharton went to a local gas station to check the air in his tires. He spent his day off from work taking his own precautions to ensure his safety in the snow.
"There's not much you can do about it," said Wharton. "I've never been so important that it's nice to have a day off every now and again."
Majority of the businesses and schools closed for the day, but the NC DOT spent hours clearing up the roads and it's only just the beginning.
It's been nothing but a busy day for Jerry Taylor, who is with the NC DOT. He said, "Mother Nature can give us more snow than people can handle at one time for a department, but we have enough resources to improve upon it considering we do not receive anymore winter precipitation we should make some great strides here within the next 12 to 24 hours."
New Hanover County residents are hoping to see some sun and better road conditions Tuesday, but it all depends on mother nature.
"I think it's supposed to get down to 30 degrees tonight so I'd imagine tomorrow is going to be pretty bad," said Muench.