From T-shirts on Tuesday to snowballs on Saturday, it’s been a roller coaster of temperatures in Onslow County this week.
Feelings about the forecasted wintry weather are as mixed as the temperatures leading up to it.
“I’m not scared of it,” said Syneitha Robinson.
Robinson was shopping at the Piggly Wiggly on Henderson Road in Jacksonville with her friend John Everett on Friday afternoon. While Everett had the storm-cliche loaf of bread in his cart, Robinson said she was good to go with her snack foods, which included ginger snap cookies.
Everett said he believes there will be enough precipitation that people shouldn’t be on the roads, but Robinson wasn’t having any of it.
“(People) make a big deal out of it,” she said. “I don’t think it’s going to be serious.”
All the trucks spraying ice on the road is a waste of money, she added. Rain is all she’s expecting.
Staff members at Piggly Wiggly weren’t taking any chances, though. Assistant Manager Marques Taylor said a lot of people had come through to buy what everyone needs in a snow storm: bread and milk.
He and another employee, Anthony Foreman, were stocking bread on the shelves Friday afternoon in preparation for the expected rush once everyone left work.
Taylor believes there will “at least be sleet on the roads” if nothing else, but Piggly Wiggly will still be open for those out and about on Saturday, he said.
Food isn’t the only way to prepare for snow, though. The Red Cross sent out reminder safety tips, including how to dress for the coming winter storm. Most of the body’s heat is lost through the head, according to the press release from the Red Cross, which is why wearing a hat that covers your ears is important.
And speaking of retaining heat, layering is the best way to do it, according to the Red Cross, and don’t forget the mittens for your hands and waterproof shoes for your feet.
Once inside, remove those wet clothes immediately, according to the Red Cross, and warm up with hot cider, soup, and blankets.
Forecasters say Onslow County will remain under a winter storm advisory through early Sunday due to an anticipated mix of wintry precipitation, bringing possible snow and ice accumulations to the area. The area including Onslow County is expected to see a potentially longer period of freezing rain and lower amounts of sleet and snow.
Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible but ice accumulations from the freezing rain raised greater concern about hazardous driving conditions.