Meteorologists: Snow a certainty for Scotland

By Abbi Overfelt

January 27, 2014

LAURINBURG — Several times this season, Scotland County residents have braced themselves for wintry weather that never arrived. This time, meteorologists say, it’s the real deal.

The county will see at least an inch of the much-famed fluffy stuff by Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, following a blast of arctic air that will roll in on Tuesday and drop temperatures to a high of just below freezing.

“We are confident that we are going to see some snow starting as early as early afternoon tomorrow,” said meteorologist Barrett Smith today. “We’re just trying to fine-tune the amount.”

The service is calling for a low tonight of 26 degrees, and the temperature will only rise by 5 degrees by the warmest part of the day Tuesday. Snow is forecasted as “likely” after 4 p.m. and is not likely to stop until early afternoon Wednesday.

Wind gusts will be as high as 16 mph.

Areas along Interstate 95, Smith said, will see at least 3 inches of snow. Accumulation will decrease for areas west of the highway, but Smith was certain all of Scotland would see at least an inch.

Smith said there’s no question that the snow will stick to roads, but the North Carolina of Transportation has said pre-treatment with a salt mixture known as brine should stop most asphalt from becoming a hazard.

“Our crews are out in Scotland County, they are putting out brine right now on major roads which include all N.C. and U.S. routes and all major roads going through Scotland County,” a spokesperson said this morning. “Crews are on stand-by to handle any de-icing that needs to take place.”

Back roads and secondary roads still have the chance of being problematic, so take it easy on those sharp curves and low-shoulder stretches.

“If we see two, three, and especially five and six inches, travel will be hazardous no matter what,” Smith said. “Stay at home and take precautions, have supplies available.”

Smith said the snow will be delivered from a storm front that is moving in from the west and drawing moisture from the gulf coast and Atlantic Ocean.

No closings, cancellations, or delays have been reported.