Wilmington officials urge drivers to use caution for Sunday morning travel

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A police car with the Wilmington Police Department heads up Market St. in Wilmington, N.C., Saturday Jan. 22, 2022. A wintry mix fell throughout the night over the Wilmington area and created dangerous conditions.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]
A police car with the Wilmington Police Department heads up Market St. in Wilmington, N.C., Saturday Jan. 22, 2022. A wintry mix fell throughout the night over the Wilmington area and created dangerous conditions. [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

With roads re-freezing overnight, officials are encouraging residents to use caution while driving Sunday morning.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by mid-morning, ending the ice threat, according to the National Weather Service, Wilmington.

The forecast from NWS is calling for a sunny and dry day, with unseasonably cool temperatures of 48 degrees. According to reports, the winter storm brought a 1/4 inch of ice accumulation to the Cape Fear area.

New Hanover County Emergency Management is asking the public to stay vigilant of slick roads. Black ice can form on roads, along curbs, and draining areas due to melting snow.

"While black ice is more prevalent at night, it can often stick around for the morning commute," officials said. "Use extreme caution when driving."

Jessica Loeper, New Hanover County chief communications officer, reported that major roads were cleared and Snow's Cut Bridge into Carolina Beach is reopened.

"However, we encourage residents to use caution on bridges and overpasses," Loeper said.

This article originally appeared on Wilmington StarNews: Wilmington officials: Use caution while driving after winter storm

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