Winter storm slams NC with snow, ice, freezing rain

Dwayne Harmon
December 11, 2018

As of Sunday, there were more than 15,000 customers without power in the western part of the state, according to Appalachian Power.

In South Carolina, emergency officials said more than 56,000 power customers are without electricity Monday.

The storm prompted more than 1,000 flight cancellations at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the sixth-busiest airport in the country, and other airports across the region, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Temperatures in the southeast and Appalachians will be 5-10 degrees below average on Monday and Tuesday mornings, he said.

More than 1,700 flights were canceled, majority in Charlotte, NC, which has already had the snowiest December in more than 20 years.

Even Georgia saw 8 inches and parts of Kentucky received 6 inches as Richmond, Virginia, had its second-snowiest December day on record. Roy Cooper warned hours of snow and ice were still to come.

"Our advice to you is unless you absolutely have to go out..."

The Durham County Sheriff's Office tweeted a photo of a damaged patrol auto, warning drivers should be prepared for hidden dangers.

The Virginia and North Carolina governors declared states of emergency, and asked their residents to be prepared for the possibility of more than a few days of slower travel and the possibility of power outages.

Shoppers expecting to be inside for a while have cleaned off store shelves in the areas to be hit next. There are risks of power outages in many areas.

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Jason Dunigan, a North Carolina Department of Transportation engineering technician, told WTVD-TV that 1,600 tons of salt had been put down on roads in Wake County since the storm started.

The Greenville-Spartanburg area of SC is covered with ice, rendering road conditions especially risky.

"Ice is becoming a big problem".

Officials in several states urged residents to stay off the roads and instead enjoy holiday festivities with their loved ones.

Winter Storm Warnings from the National Weather Service for heavy snow were scheduled to continue until 12 a.m. Monday in Mingo, Logan, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh and southeast Fayette counties.

"We have increased our ice (accumulation) forecast quite a bit along the I-85 corridor", the NWS Greenville-Spartanburg office said.

Snow was expected to fall through Sunday afternoon.

Before moving east, the moisture-heavy storm walloped Texas, causing downpours and flash flooding along the southern edge of the state and snow and ice in the north.

This system will move into the Atlantic on Monday and things will eventually quiet down for the region. The city holiday parade was postponed and Texas Tech rescheduled all Saturday final exams until Sunday, CNN affiliate KCBD reported.

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