Transylvania County received over a foot of snow (and more depending on who you talk to) in places over the weekend as one of the first winter storms of the year moved into the southeastern United States.
The National Weather Service reported 11 inches of snow at Brevard over the weekend and 13 inches at Cedar Mountain. Meteorologist Eric Webb compiled reports from across the region and recorded up to 16 inches of snow in the western part of the county near Lake Toxaway and Sapphire and 13 inches near Balsam Grove.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) has been working hard to clear roads throughout the western portion of the state and recommends limiting all road travel to essential trips only.
“We continue to ask for patience and understanding as we do our best to clear every area, so people can get back to work, school and important places where they need to be,” it said on Monday. afternoon Assistant Chief Engineer Brian Burch. “It will still take some time before everything is completely clear without worries.”
According to a Monday DOT news release, the department had cleared more than 16,000 miles of roads in 25 counties, and snow removal was expected to continue at least through Wednesday in particular, as snow continued to fall Monday afternoon. in many counties.
Interstates 10, I-26 and I-77 were generally clear in the mountains, according to the news release.
According to the Brevard Fire Department, the only winter weather incident over the weekend was a partial roof collapse Sunday afternoon at one of Brevard College’s residence halls.
No injuries were reported in the roof collapse, and a college spokesperson said the dorm’s 84 residents would be moved to other residence halls on campus.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a structural engineer had assessed the building (East Jones Residence Hall) and said it was structurally sound, but a college spokesperson said students would be moved to other dorms for the rest. of the semester out of caution.
East Jones Residence will undergo repairs throughout the spring semester and over the summer to be ready for use in the fall semester of 2022.
As of Wednesday morning, there were no more power outages in Transylvania County from customers Haywood EMC or Duke Energy. At its peak, only 56 Haywood EMC customers lost power during Sunday’s storm in Transylvania County.
Duke Energy did not have county-level outage data, but according to a Duke Energy press release, 67,000 Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas lost power over the weekend, Gaston, Jackson , with Macon and Swain being the hardest hit counties.
And although the snow has started to melt across the county, a hazardous conditions advisory is in effect through Friday morning Jan. 21 at DuPont State Recreational Forest and Holmes Educational State Forest.
According to the North Carolina Forest Service, 9 to 12 inches of snow was recorded in the forests and the surrounding area created hazardous conditions, such as emergency aid delays, road and trail conditions. dangerous, overhead hazards caused by weakened or damaged and unusable trees. /Inaccessible facilities, including parking areas and washrooms.
The North Carolina Forest Service encourages visitors to schedule their visits for a later date when forestry personnel are able to assess conditions and make necessary repairs.
And there might be more snow on the way. As of Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service was predicting a 30% chance of wintery mixed weather Thursday night and a 40% chance of snow Friday.