Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Triangle may get less snow but more ice than predicted; roads hazardous

Triangle may get less snow but more ice than predicted; roads hazardous

A winter storm warning by the National Weather Service will remain in effect until 2 p.m. Potentially heavy snow is also forecast for upstate SC, western North Carolina, southern Virginia and southern West Virginia.

The main impacts of this storm still look to be through Sunday morning and into Sunday afternoon.

Passengers were stranded Sunday at the Raleigh-Durham Airport after flights were cancelled in and out of areas in North Carolina due to the severe winter weather conditions.

Emergency crews including state troopers and the National Guard worked overnight to clear traffic accidents on major roadways.

WRAL-TV also reported that a driver was killed outside of Charlotte when a tree fell on a auto.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that the worst of the storm had passed, but residents - particularly motorists - should keep watch for risky conditions.

Cooper told residents to stay at home and wrap holiday presents and watch football while the snow falls Sunday.

Most of the canceled or delayed flights were traveling into or out of North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.

Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states, which is hitting portions of North Carolina and Virginia particularly hard. Stay safe where you are.

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Like its neighboring states to the south, Virginia also suffered thousands of power outages and dozens of vehicle crashes.

One weather-related death was reported in North Carolina as a result of the snowstorm.

A Winter Storm Warning means freezing rain, sleet and up to an inch of snow will be possible for Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Mississippi, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Lake, Obion, Weakley, Henry and Dyer counties.

Flight cancellations and delays continued Monday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the country. The NWS gave a 40 percent chance of mixed sleet and snow Monday night, but build up was not expected.

Richmond International Airport reported Sunday that almost 100 flights had been canceled, WTVR reported. He said that 11 shelters are open, mainly in western North Carolina, for people needing a place to stay.

Cities in central North Carolina, including Durham and Greensboro, equaled an entire winter's worth of snow just on Sunday. Cancellations were reported on flights from as far as the Midwest.

Crews in SC have dumped 156,000 gallons of brine on roads in the western part of the state to keep ice from building up as long as possible.

Officials have warned residents to prepare emergency kits and staff off roads in impacted areas.

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