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State of Emergency Declared in Snow Storm PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Saturday, 25 December 2010 20:30


The entire state is under a winter weather warning and much of North Carolina can expect three to six inches of snow between now and late Sunday evening. Some areas, such as the mountains and along the I-95 corridor, could see even more.

State highway patrol and emergency management officials are warning that travel could be treacherous later tonight and through much of Sunday. Falling nighttime temperatures could lead to patches of black ice again Monday and Tuesday morning. We know many people are traveling for the holidays and we want everyone to be extremely cautious,” said state Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell. “Anyone who is thinking of driving during the next few days, should pay careful attention to the weather and traffic forecasts before heading out.”
Lt. Gov. Dalton, in consultation with Gov. Perdue, earlier today declared a State of Emergency for the entire state due to the expected winter storm. Executed under the Emergency Management Act, the declaration enables the governor or lieutenant governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm.
The State Emergency Response Team has been actively engaged with the winter storm during the past few days. The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is coordinating with local emergency agencies across the state.
The N.C. Department of Transportation earlier this week spread a brine solution on interstates and major US routes. Transportation crews in the western part of the state began clearing snow from the roads earlier this morning. Crews in the central and eastern parts of the state are on standby and will begin clearing roadways as needed. Motorists are urged to remain safe distances behind snow plows and salt spreaders to give workers ample room.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol has more than 140 troopers on standby to help with weather-related calls in addition to the extra troopers that already scheduled to help the motoring public over the holiday weekend.
National Guard also has placed some of its staff on standby to assist as needed.

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