"Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory briefed citizens from the State Emergency Operations Center Friday morning on the response to the latest winter storm impacts. The governor urged residents and businesses to be safe and monitor local forecasts as the season’s first significant winter storm continues impacting North Carolina.
"It’s still very early in this storm,” said Governor McCrory. “We expect more precipitation across the state throughout today and much of tomorrow. Now is not the time to let down your guard.”
Forecasts call for a major winter storm to continue passing through North Carolina today and Saturday with predictions of a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain across much of the state. The northwestern part of the state and Triad area could see up to 12" of snow in some places. The central part of the state is expected to be more of a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain with up to several inches of snow and as much as a quarter inch of ice in some areas. Eastern and coastal counties will likely see heavy rain with some frozen precipitation mixed in. There may be minor flooding around the area of Kinston and the Neuse River. High surf conditions are anticipated and there is the potential for minor to moderate flooding north of Cape Hatteras. Strong, gusty winds are expected across much of the state that may cause downed power lines and power outages."