Moore County’s already picturesque landscape of horse farms and golf courses was transformed into a sparkling winter tapestry by at least 5 inches of snow.
Skies were a brilliant blue on Thursday, but even with the sun out temperatures were in the 20s. Wind gusts would sweep the snow from trees and create micro-blizzards.
Crews were out plowing roads, but U.S. 1 leading into Southern Pines was still mostly covered in an inch of packed snow. Most side roads were untraveled by plows or anything else.
Jasmine Hobart didn’t need to drive anywhere to get to work. She lives on the property at Tanglewood Farm, on May Street outside Southern Pines. Hobart tends the 14 horses stabled there. She spent Thursday morning feeding the animals and brining them warm water.
“They drink more if you give them warm water,” she said. “That keeps them from getting colic.”
The morning’s tranquil scene was in stark contrast to Wednesday night, when some residents said they were stuck in their cars for hours in traffic jams. Vehicles were stopped or moving slowly on U.S. 1 in Southern Pines and Aberdeen.
A spokesman for the state Highway Patrol said two people died when their pickup truck overturned into a creek in Moore County.
Sgt. Michael Baker identified those killed as the driver, 57-year-old Michael Alexander Wilson, and a passenger, 73-year-old Jerry David Wilson. Both were from Bear Creek.
Back at the horse farm Thursday, Hobart was putting boots and blankets on the animals and letting them into a fenced pasture.
“They need to stretch their legs and run around,” she said. “Each one will get to come out for a while.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.