MOYOCK, NC - A brief early morning storm left behind as much as an inch or two in northeast North Carolina and delayed the opening of several North Carolina school systems Friday.
The snow started falling sometime around midnight. Car windows and grassy areas were covered in white. There was no accumulation on Rt. 168, but the highway was wet. Surrounding roads were, too.
"The snow showers added up to a heavy dusting to about half an inch in some parts," said 13News Now Meteorologist Craig Moeller.
North Carolina Dept. of Transportation officials said the below- freezing temperatures combined with wet roads to create black ice on bridges and overpasses and some of the roads.
Most areas of concern are in Currituck, Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, as well as parts of Dare and Hyde counties.
The situation caught NCDOT and others by surprise.
No plans were made to pre-treat roads based on Thursday’s forecast, which only called for light flurries and no accumulation, according to an NCDOT news release.
On the WVEC13 Facebook page, viewers posted photos and talked about what they were seeing.
Janie Harrington wrote, "Looks like we have about an inch here in Winton, NC!"
"It's coming down in Moyock," Nathan Hughes wrote around mignight.
Jim Rushe added, "Looks like maybe a 1/2 inch on the decks and cars in Kitty Hawk. But the ground seems to be just wet now. I am sure most of the delay is from bridges, maybe some ice in a few spots."
Schools on two-hour delays Friday were Dare Co., Gates Co., Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Co., Hertford Co., Perquimans Co.
Camden Co. initially had a two-hour delay but just before 8:00 a.m., officials called for a three-hour delay.
O'Neal Cleghorn wrote on the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Co. Schools Facebook page, "My husband said the roads are worse than the last 2 times it snowed."