The Carolina States Are Hit With a Heavy Winter Storm

Bryan Dijkhuizen

On Friday night and early Saturday, a storm brought ice, snow, and freezing rain to the Carolinas and portions of Virginia, making driving dangerous after roughly a quarter of an inch of ice developed on roadways in an area that is not used to this kind of cold weather.

The normal annual snowfall in Columbia, South Carolina, is 1.2 inches; this weekend, the city received almost four inches.

When it came to snow, the storm moved fast over the area, dropping approximately six inches in southern Virginia and up to eight inches in certain sections of northeastern North Carolina.

During the night, the storm prompted considerable concern. According to the airport, a Delta jet slid on a runway and rolled into the muck at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina at around 9 p.m. There were no reported injuries.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that troopers responded to more than 900 reports of wrecks caused by the storm, as well as hundreds of more calls from individuals who had slid off the highway and been stranded.

On Saturday, Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, whose state had been slammed by a major winter storm earlier in the week, said that "the best way to be safe is to stay at home unless you really have to go somewhere" and that "the safest way to keep safe is to stay home."

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that troopers responded to more than 900 reports of wrecks caused by the storm, as well as hundreds of more calls from individuals who had slid off the highway and been stranded.

It was predicted that no further snow will fall in the area by 1 p.m. Saturday as the storm moved offshore into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Weather Service.

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