While Monday afternoon temperatures offer the promise of melting the ice leftover from Wednesday's storm, some areas may need a little more time to clear out.
Shady areas, especially, will take longer to melt because the sun cannot hit them, according to the National Weather Service.
Brian Rick, communications officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said temperatures are lower in the shade, too, so timing is everything.
"Once temps do rise above that freezing threshold, we will begin to see a thawing trend," Rick wrote in an email to The Daily News.
But sustained temperatures above freezing will help melt things down, especially once things stay around 40 degrees Monday evening, said meterologist David Glenn.
Monday morning, however, will probably not mean improved road conditions as Sunday night temperatures will dip into the teens again.
"Tonight it's gonna be pretty darn cold," Glenn said Sunday.
Glenn said the temperatures should rise above freezing by 10 or 11 a.m., giving road crews a chance to effectively break down residual ice midmorning.
Rick said NCDOT crews were continuing to de-ice the roads Sunday as temperatures permitted (above 18 degrees), but temperatures remained a challenge.
"Low temperatures are continuing to hamper efforts, especially in shady areas where we have had limited success breaking the ice loose," Rick wrote.
For Monday, Rick said crews will begin shifting from the southern counties up further north, with supporting crews remaining in the region Monday for ongoing road work.
City crews in Jacksonville, Kinston and New Bern have been working through the weekend to salt and scrape roads in hopes it will be quicker going in Monday's warmer temperatures.
Jacksonville Assistant City Manager Glenn Hargett said street crews were out Sunday morning and will focus on sanding and salting for the next two days, as well as clearing the storm drains once the thaw begins.
"That will be a priority to facilitate the natural way of getting rid of this stuff," Hargett said.
For people returning to work, Hargett said adding time to your normal commute should be part of your morning routine.
"If you are coming into work, do not expect it will take the same amount of time as it did before the storm," Hargett said.
The main cause of wrecks over the weekend, Hargett said, were driving too fast for conditions and following too closely, both of which should be avoided Monday morning as conditions are still likely to be icy.
Matt Montanye, director of public works in New Bern, said crews will be out Monday for the normal working day, but he was unsure when conditions would return to normal.
"That's kind of hit or miss," Montanye said. "Some roads are doing OK and some roads are frozen over."
Roads that have been treated should be clear by Monday afternoon, as highs in New Bern will climb to 47 degrees by 3 p.m., according to National Weather Service reports.
In Kinston, assistant city manager Tony Sears said crews were out doing some work Sunday, but he thinks Monday will be the key day.
"Tomorrow's gonna be a great day, we should really be able to make some headway," Sears said Sunday. Road conditions in Kinston were still not completely safe, he added. "I think tomorrow will be better," Sears said.
Kinston's forecast is just one degree lower than New Bern through the afternoon, with a high of 46 degrees.
As things thaw out more completely Monday, wet roads may be slippery, but re-freezing should not be an issue. Overnight lows for Monday in Jacksonville are 37 degrees, 34 in Kinston and 37 in New Bern.
In addition, a slight chance of rain North of Onslow and Cateret counties will help melt the slush away, Glenn said.
One concern as the thaw begins is new power outages as tree limbs heavy with snow either move back into place or snap from the weight of snow.
Steve Goodson, spokesperson for Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Cooperation, said there have been a few outages reported over the past few days, but the bulk of them happened Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
"While we don't anticipate any new outages, we're prepared," Goodson said. "Anything that's happening now is just equipment going through processes (from) extreme weather."
JOEMC uses right-of-way management to trim tree limbs that may pose a threat to power lines throughout the year, which Goodson said helps a lot in weather events like the storm this past week.
But there is only so much prepartion work that can be done.
"The equipment in the field is man-made," Goodson pointed out. "It's obviously prone to extreme changes when the weather has extreme changes,"
Between these changes and the high demand for electricity right now, Goodson said outages can become a concern, but he expects things to return to normal Monday.
"Low temperatures can do things to equipment and people using power in excess of what they normally use," Goodson said.
When it's 10 degrees, Goodson said, people are more likely to crank up their heat or enlist the help of space heaters, thus increasing their usual electricity use.
That, and most of the region has been experiencing some cabin fever after travel advisories and dangerous driving conditions have kept people inside over the past few days.
"The demand for elecricity right now is really great as compared to what a regular Sunday morning might be," Goodson said.
Reporter Kelsey Stiglitz can be reached at kstiglitz@JDNews.com or 910-219-8453.