Thousands of people across North Carolina are without power. A winter storm will continue bringing ice, rain, and bitterly cold temperatures through Friday morning.
According to the National Weather Service in Raleigh, as of 10 a.m., there has been anywhere from a tenth to two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation across the Triad.
Today temperatures will hover near or below freezing and tonight they will drop down to the upper 20s. The region will see more freezing rain overnight but in lesser amounts tomorrow morning.
“We are expecting an additional tenth to two-tenths of an inch of ice tonight with less than a tenth Friday morning which will give us a storm total of ice accumulation of four-tenths,” says Andrew Kren, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.
The ice weighing on power lines and downed trees are causing issues across the region.
As of 11 a.m. Thursday here are reported power outages across the region:
Forsyth County: more than 9,000
Guilford County: more than 500
Stokes County: more than 1,800
Rockingham: more than 1,600
Wilkes: nearly 400
Yadkin: nearly 2,000
Iredell: more than 4,600
North Carolina Governor Roy declared a state of emergency ahead of the winter storm.
Weather conditions won't improve much until Friday afternoon. By that time, the National Weather Service says we will see temperatures warming up above freezing
This weekend there is expected to be a fair amount of sunshine, but chilly. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 40s.
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