Winter Weather Warnings, Advisories issued until Sunday morning

North Carolina governor urges residents to get prepare for storm

Winter storm slams large part of U.S.

Bridges and overpasses are still likely to become slick tonight into Sunday morning as we transition to snow.

The National Weather Service has expanded Winter Weather Advisories into the valley to include Knox, Anderson and Union Counties.

It's all part of a fierce storm system moving across the country, bringing with it rain, sleet and snow with heavy accumulation expected in North Carolina and Virginia.

Duke Energy reported 141,216 power outages in North and SC: 91,309 in North Carolina and 49,907 in SC.

States of emergency were declared in Virginia, North Carolina and Oklahoma ahead of the storm. Significant snowfall was expected in areas from southwestern Virginia through western and central North Carolina and into northwestern SC. Possible freezing rain and dusting snow could also reach the I-85 corridor, including Atlanta by Monday afternoon.

In Durham County, residents typically get about 6 inches of snow over an entire year. Central Arkansas looks to only pick up, at most, 1 inch of snow.

"We've seen too many collisions", Cooper said.

Hundreds of thousands of people were without power by Sunday afternoon across the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia as snow continued to fall. "Additionally, hazardous road conditions can result in vehicle accidents which further increase the risk for power outages as cars hit power poles and other electrical infrastructure".

The central Piedmont, including the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, is expected to get roughly half as much snow as was predicted Saturday, between 2 and 4 inches in most locations.

Roy Cooper said Saturday that residents in the some parts of the state should be ready for a lengthy fight with the storm, which was beginning to dump sleet and snow across its western mountain areas Saturday night.

Being prepared means having up to three days worth of food on-hand and an emergency kit in your auto, said North Carolina's emergency management officials on Saturday.

Officials have urged motorists to stay off the road as crews work to clear them of snow and ice. "From Charlotte across central North Carolina, the biggest concern now is ice making roads even more risky".

Airport officials tweeted at just before 5 p.m. that 92 flights had been cancelled on Sunday and that 23 flights for Monday were "already scratched".

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