Fire Departments all across Yadkin County were busy Wednesday night dealing with multiple accidents as a result of slick roadways. The snow began falling around 2 p.m. Wednesday in Yadkin County. Area schools announced an early release due to the threat of inclement weather.
Unfortunately, much of the accumulation on roadways came between 4:30 and 7 p.m. when many travelers were on the way home from work, said Yadkin County Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal.
“Yesterday about the time people started home, the majority of the fire departments along Hwy. 67 and here in Yadkinville were out with multiple motor vehicle accidents. None of them were serious, mainly cars sliding off the road and people needing help getting out,” Vestal said.
Forbush Fire Chief Dale Couch said they handled a total of five accidents in their district Wednesday evening, including a three-car accident due to the slick roadways.
He cautioned for this weekend, “unless it’s an emergency, stay home.”
The Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center will open Thursday afternoon to continue monitoring the weather situation. Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Thursday morning as well as ordering activation of the State Emergency Operations Center.
Vestal said weather reports they are receiving include the prediction of a quarter of an inch of ice or more, along with substantial wind gusts.
“Snow doesn’t bother me too bad, but when we start getting ice or snow along with heavy winds we start to lose power,” Vestal said. He again reiterated area residents should plan to have supplies on hand in case of power outages and impassable roadways.
“The main thing is to be prepared,” Vestal said.
Vestal said it’s always best to have at least a 72-hour supply of food and water in case inclement weather causes power outages and slick roads.
Staying at home and off the roads was Vestal’s recommendation if snow and ice were to accumulate this weekend.
“Everybody just stay at home and stay off the roads unless it’s an emergency and make sure you have the means of staying warm and staying fed,” he said.
He also warned to stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.