More extreme winter weather conditions expected in North Carolina tonight

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The National Weather Service (NWS) expects more snow and extreme winter weather conditions in North Carolina tonight.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 7 AM on Saturday. The cities affected by the warning include Oak City, Bethel, Plymouth, Jamesville, Columbia, Williamston, Greenville, and Rocky Mount.

"Light mixed precipitation today, changing to heavy snow tonight. Snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch," the NWS said in a statement.

"Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commute," the statement went on to say.

For a portion of central North Carolina, there will be a Winter Weather Advisory. The advisory will be over early Saturday morning.

Areas affected by the advisory include the cities of Oxford, Roxboro, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Fayetteville.

1 to 3 inches of snow are expected for these areas in addition to slippery road conditions.

There is an Ice Storm Warning in effect for the southeast region of the state. It will also be in effect until 7 AM on Saturday.

Cities affected by it include Maysville, River Bend, Morehead City, Havelock, Jacksonville, and Emerald Isle.

"Significant to locally devastating icing expected. Total ice accretion of one quarter to one half of an inch, with locally higher amounts possible," the NWS said in a separate statement.

The NWS says that power outages and tree damage are likely to happen due to the ice. The extreme conditions could have an impact on travel.

The NWS advises that people take caution while driving or avoid traveling if possible. Be sure to pack these things with you in case of an emergency:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Maps
  • Flashlights
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Fully charged phone

For more information, and to keep track of the storm as it progresses, click the following link to go to the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/mhx/

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