GARNER A second winter storm in as many weeks struck the Triangle and surrounding areas in North Carolina, forcing closures once again and cancellations of meetings.
With the heavy snowfall, roads turned into ice rinks as some in described on Twitter.
Last week, there wasn’t much of an increase in accidents. Most people stayed off of the roads.
But despite a lower volume of cars on the road again, that number increased Tuesday and Wednesday as roads froze and became slick in the early morning. There were seven wreck reports Tuesday and eight on Wednesday. In comparison, there were three accidents on Sunday and five on Monday.
Despite the weather a few businesses around the town did stay open. Aversboro Coffee opened up shop at 6:30 a.m. A steady number of people came in to grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to-go. Some folks stay around to have a conversation with others.
“Most of our employees live around the shop and most of our customers live within a mile radius, so they walk here,” Jeremy Macon, co-owner, said. “Our customers expect us to be open. It’s part of their routine.”
Diamond Cutz barbershop was also open. A few customers weathered the storm to get haircuts on their day off. Denise Yon was one of them.
“I’ve been coming to this shop for years now,” she said. “It’s the best in town.”
Gerald Jarrett Jr., who has been a barber for 13 years and has worked in the shop since it opened in 2011, said the shop opened at 6 a.m. and will close at regular business hours.
“We know people are depending on us,” Jarrett said. “Business people are looking for haircuts.”
He pointed at a group of men, who were sitting, he said had been driving around looking for any barbershop that was open and found them.
“A lot of people say ‘Barbers aren’t reliable. Barbers aren’t dependable,’ Jarrett said. “We’re trying to change that. We’re here to serve the community. It just gives people an opportunity – the ones that do get out – to mix and mingle and take care of their business.”
In the Heather Hills neighborhood, children brought out their snow boards, and had snow ball fights with each other at an adjacent park.
There were many reported power outages in Garner and a few in the Cleveland area. A rescheduled town hall meeting that was already coupled with a town council work-session was rescheduled again and will be tripled with the March 2 town hall meeting.
Snow fell again Wednesday night and lasted through the morning. The Garner Police Department urged the public to stay indoors.