-2 ties record cold for Lenoir

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 07:45 AM

Temperatures early Thursday morning tied the area's record low for the date from 1966, reaching -2 about 7 a.m. at Foothills Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

Lingering frigid weather -- the high on Thursday barely climbed above freezing for the first time since before Tuesday's snow -- has helped keep ice and snow on local roads in places that receive little sun, said Kenny Heavner, county maintenance engineer for N.C. Department of Transportation.

Heavner said the remaining icy spots have resisted breaking up with two or even three passes with snow plows and salt trucks, and are taking multiple attempts to remove. DOT crews were still working Thursday night.

After today, ice shouldn't be a problem on the roads because the forecast high is in the 50s.

The week of extreme cold has not caused the same kind of epidemic of burst water pipes across the region as record cold earlier in January did. SERVPRO of Caldwell and Alexander Counties reported receiving just a handful of calls on Thursday.