A white Christmas is not in the forecast for Edgecombe County.
“We’re looking at about 58 degrees for the high and a low that night of about 39,” said Ryan Ellis, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “Clouds will be increasing throughout the day.”
The clouds will bring a slight chance of rain on Christmas, beginning at 6 or 7 p.m.
Today brings chilly temperatures and blustery weather for the holiday travel weekend.
“It’s going to feel a little cooler than it has recently, because we’re going to be returning to normal temperatures for this time of year,” Ellis said. “We’re looking at wind gusts around 30 to 35 miles per hour [today.] It wouldn’t surprise me to see a couple of wind gusts over 40.”
Today’s high is 52, with a low of 27 degrees. Saturday’s wind gusts are only expected to reach 25 miles per hour. Skies will be mainly clear and sunny today and Saturday. Temperatures will rise into the mid 50’s on Sunday and Monday, with partly cloudy skies.
The probability of a white Christmas is low across North Carolina this year. Most regions have less than a 5 percent chance, while the very western tip of the state has a 5 to 10 percent chance of a white Christmas, according to the State Climate Office of North Carolina. Having a white Christmas in North Carolina is rare.
“By the climate records, it’s less than 5 percent of the time,” said Ellis. The frequency is four out of 119 Christmases, according to the State Climate Office, with 2010 the snowiest Christmas on record. That year, snow began falling at the Raleigh airport on Christmas night and continued all day on the 26th. The Raleigh area had 7.1 inches of snow during that storm, the average snowfall for an entire winter, while Tarboro had a total of 12 inches, according to Ellis.
A white Christmas is not in the forecast for Edgecombe County.
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With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner, travelers on U.S. 64 exiting into Tarboro could discover some of the cheapest gas in North Carolina.
On Wednesday, Murphy Express reported the cheapest gas at $3.35 while Hadi's, Raceway and Hess prices were one cent higher.
Tar River United Way recognizes ‘community champions’
“Be the change” was the theme of a United Way Tar River Region luncheon Wednesday at The Gateway Convention Center in Rocky Mount. United Way TRR recognized “community champions,” celebrated the success of its 2012 fundraising campaign and encouraged volunteers and partner agencies to “be the change” they want to see in the community.
America in Bloom judges’ visit Tarboro next month
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“Please join us as Tarboro prepares for the visit of national AIB judges on June 17 and 18,” said AIB co-chair Connie Sherrill in a competition planning update. “Help us bring out the beauty of our exceptional town.”
Local Principal Completes Leadership Program
Donnell Brown, principal of Phillips Middle School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a yearlong leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and UNC-LearnNC.
Woman faces 32 charges
A Tarboro woman's scam has led authorities to arrest her on 28 charges.
According to a Tarboro Police Department report, Jennifer Ann Carr, 29, 1609 Barlow Rd. Apt. 9, took out loans in the names of 16 customers of a local business from January through April. Carr was employed through a temp agency with a local business, said Tarboro Police Sgt. Al Braxton. Braxton said the total loan amount netted $4,300.
Carr was charged with 16 counts of identity theft and 16 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. She was place in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.
Two suspects arrested on 36 charges; third issued citation
After executing a search warrant Thursday on a residence at 500 W. Johnston St. in Tarboro, police officers arrested two suspects for possessing a small amount of marijuana and issued a third suspect a citation for possessing a glass pipe to smoke the drugs.
After the marijuana was found, officers notified two of the three suspects that they also had additional warrants on them from the department's "Spring Fling" drug campaign where they had sold marijuana to undercover officers.
Introductory Latin class beginning Tuesday
Want a leg up in a medical terminology course? Anatomy? Physical science? Take a look at Latin, perhaps the best grounding for all education.
Not convinced? Just ask Stephen Herring, instructor of religion, geography, and developmental studies at Edgecombe Community College (ECC). He will teach an Introductory Latin class beginning Tuesday. The class will meet at Fleming 218 on the Tarboro campus.
NTSB wants to lower DWI blood alcohol levels
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Measles cases have state health officials concerned
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“It (measles) is a highly contagious disease that is spread in the air by coughing and sneezing,” said Susan Rogerson, nursing director at the Edgecombe County Health Department. Outbreaks of measles in the United States are rare because of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
County still looking for bids on 41 properties
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County Planning Director Brian Hassell said interested parties may submit bids for commissioners to consider. If a bid is approved and another party is interested, they may submit an upset bid.
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