Heating Bills
2:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fayetteville Residents Look For Help With Heating Bills

The Salvation Army Logo
Credit The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Fayetteville administers two funds for those in financial need. The first, know as CIP (Crisis Intervention Program) is there to help people whose electricity could be cut off at any minute.

The second, known as LEAP (pronounced "lee-app") is a seasonal fund to help cover higher-than-usual heating bills. After a polar vortex and an uncharacteristically heavy snowfall, LEAP is being put to the test this week.

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8:39 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Freezing Weather Threatens Blood Bank Supply

The Red Cross says North Carolina blood banks at 1,500 units short, after winter weather has caused dozens of drives to be canceled.
Credit Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Gay / United States Navy, ID 080814-N-0486G-006

The Polar Vortex isn’t loosening its grip on North Carolina. Freezing temperatures hit a record-low seven degrees in Elizabeth City this morning. Chowan County in the eastern part of the state had 9 inches of snow on the ground by yesterday afternoon.

But a series of cold spells and and days of icy roads have led to the cancellation of dozens of blood drives.

Lu Esposito of the Red Cross said the Triangle region is short 1,500 units of blood of all types.

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5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Some Schools Still Closed From Winter Storm, Officials Plan Make Up Days

Several state school districts canceled classes because of snow and ice accumulation.
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With many schools across eastern and central North Carolina still closed this morning, school officials say they are working to ensure students make up the appropriate number of days.

Each school year, most districts build in additional days in case of closings due to inclement weather.

Jeff Nash, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system, says his district designated eight days that could be used to make up time.

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5:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Tour The Snowy Outer Banks (Virtually) By Motorcycle Or Four Wheel Drive

Still shot from Youtube video
Credit Carolina Designs Realty

Interested in really seeing how things look on the Coast? Some brave soul at Carolina Designs Realty strapped a helmet to his head and recorded his ventures out this morning:

"Here's my attempt to make it to the beach this morning on the Outer Banks. The van was stuck so I had to resort to other measures. Luckily the old trusty Yamaha TTR 125 was there to help me with the job":

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3:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Polar Bear Enjoys A Swim: Finally NC Water Is Just Right Temp

Patches the Polar Bear enjoys space to himself at the NC Zoo. (The zoo is closed 1/29/14.)
Credit North Carolina Zoo via Twitter

The North Carolina Zoo posted a terrific video: the resident polar bear enjoys a paddle.

(The zoo is currently closed due to the cold conditions.)

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11:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

On The Road Today? Remember *47 (And Three More Tips For Drivers)

Photographer Rick Anderson took this image on the Outer Banks.
Credit Rick Anderson @OBXPhotos via Twitter

Crews have been out all night, plowing and salting roads in the areas affected by last night's snowstorm. Roads and bridges are open, but many secondary roads still have snow and ice. The NC Department of Transportation reports that high winds on N.C. 12 in Dare County have blown sand on the road through the night. The road is open, but may be down to one lane in some places.

Most of us know the tips for driving on snow and ice: drive cautiously, leave extra room between you and the car in front of you. Here are some tips you may not know:

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11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Snow Day: Authorities Mobilize As The State Shuts Down

US 64, Wendell
Credit NC Department of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is all hands on deck this morning.

More than four hundred trucks have been in action over the last 48 hours pre-treating and clearing roadways of snow from the mountains to the Outer Banks.

The western piedmont got about an inch of snow, and some areas of the Triangle near I-95 have seen 5 inches. Snow accumulations in Easter North Carolina could exceed six inches.

Most schools across the region are closed today.

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10:55 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Drifting Snow On The Outer Banks

Caption from Twitter: Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, beautiful even when surrounded by snow. 9:32 a.m. 1/29/14
Credit Seaside Vacations @SeasideVacation via Twitter /

Photographers and videographers have been out on the Outer Banks this morning, taking stock of the snow.

Rick Anderson plies his trade in Kill Devil Hills, NC. He has been busy documenting the precipitation near his home.

He's out on the roads, taking pictures. He headed to the beach to look at the accumulation.

Earlier this morning Rick Anderson posted this to Twitter:

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10:20 am
Wed January 29, 2014

All NC Ferry Routes Are Currently Not In Service

10:12 am
Wed January 29, 2014

#ShowYourCans - How Do You Measure Snow?

Measuring the snow fall via a fence?
Credit @VisitNC via Twitter

Updated 4:26 p.m. with new images.

Lots of us measure the snow by looking at our patio furniture. That's fun and easy, for sure.

Do you have a different way to measure the snow near you? Share your shots!

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