Mixed results for weather, companies that braved conditions in New Bern

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NEW BERN, NC (WNCT) – New Bern is a local town in eastern North Carolina that experienced snow showers Saturday morning. While some stores were still open, customer numbers dwindled and some events were canceled.

Workers at Silver Line in New Bern said that with the winter weather, sales have slowed and they have seen fewer people shopping.

“Usually now when it’s snowing or icy on the roads we just close instead of being open, but like today we decided to stay open and you’re the only person who got in in the store. It’s really slow,” said Bella Brown, a Silver Line employee.

Bear City Fudge Company, just down the road from Silver Line, sells fudge and other goodies. They said people were still going out even in the snow.

“We’ve seen fewer customers, but it hasn’t been a drastic decrease,” said Morgan Steurnage, who works at Bear City Fudge Company.

She added that people surprisingly still choose to eat ice cream in cold weather.

The Shriners Convention is being held in New Bern throughout the weekend, but organizers canceled the parade scheduled for Saturday due to weather.

“The parade will probably not be rescheduled. We are on schedule to return for our Spring Ceremony, which will be the third weekend in May, so we probably won’t have any snow in May. And things will be fine and there will be fun in the streets,” said Sudan Shriners potentate Coble Wilson.

Although the snow didn’t last long, residents said they were making the most of their weekend and stores remained open for customers who braved the cold.

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