Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency as North Carolinians batten down for the third snowstorm to hit the region in little more than a week.
The Village Road exit on US 17/74/76 in Leland is back open. Brunswick County dispatchers confirmed that around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Winter weather continues affecting New Hanover County roads and even the beaches, where sun and sand were replaced by snow and ice.
The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning until 8 p.m. for New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.
As wintry weather impacted the region this morning, many businesses and schools were forced to closed, but some people still had to drive in the conditions in Brunswick County as they headed into Wilmington for work.
Highway Patrol, the Department of Transportation and residents are preparing for winter weather on Tuesday.
It's March, but winter has not given up in North Carolina.
School systems dismissed classes early Monday after the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the central and eastern parts of the state.
"We don't fix outages," Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said. "We implemented our hurricane plan that we do every year, that we have every year. We do the exact same thing every year. I mean I don't know what you want us to do. Cut trees down and fix power lines?"
While most of us see this winter storm as an inconvenience, it cost one man in Pender County his life.
Darrell Huffman was crushed under the weight of a frozen tree limb yesterday in rocky point.
Thousands of people remain without power in our area as crews continue to clean up from the latest blast of winter weather.