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Winter storm moves in to NC

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TWC News: Winter storm moves in to NC
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A significant winter storm is impacting much of central and eastern North Carolina. Precipitation started Tuesday afternoon along the coast as an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain. Snow is came down in most parts of the state.

Locations along the immediate coast including Morehead City, Jacksonville and Wilmington could be in for more of an ice storm. Other parts of the state including Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville and Raleigh could see significant snow accumulation.

Near the southeast coast between 0.25 inch and 0.5 inch of ice accumulation is possible. While this may not sound like a lot, just 0.25 inch is enough to cause power outage issues. As the precipitation picks up this afternoon and evening in these areas, the ice will weigh down trees and power line.

Gusty north winds will lead to down trees and power lines. Residents near the southeast coast should be prepared for the worst case scenario of being without power for days.

The heaviest snowfall is still expected along and just east of Interstate-95. This includes Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Greenville where five inches up to eight inches of snow is possible. Snowfall will likely begin in these areas as early as midday but will be at the heaviest late this afternoon and tonight. Localized amounts of over eight inches and up to one foot cannot be ruled out.

Near the Triangle, two inches up to five inches of snow is possible with the higher end of that range near Raleigh and the lower end near Durham and Chapel Hill. Snowfall will arrive in these areas Tuesday afternoon with the heaviest snowfall in the evening hours.

Locations west of Durham and near Greensboro and Charlotte will have lower amounts of snow ranging from a trace to two inches.

Dangerous travel conditions are likely across central and eastern North Carolina especially late Tuesday afternoon and into the night. Snow and ice covered roads may be a problem through at least Thursday. While the precipitation will come to an end by early Wednesday, temperatures will hover near freezing Wednesday afternoon.

Sunshine will allow for limited melting but that will just refreeze Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

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