From WeatherNation affiliate WFMY
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that he has issued a state of emergency for North Carolina ahead of a winter storm that's expected to bring heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice to the state this weekend.
During a press briefing, Cooper urged that everyone keep a close eye on the forecast because the storm will have various impacts. From nearly two feet of snow in the mountains of western North Carolina to sleet and ice south and east of Charlotte, the winter storm will be felt long after it moves out Tuesday.
“This storm comes at a time of year when North Carolinians are usually hearing carols about snow, not actually seeing it. But this time, the real thing is headed our way and North Carolina is getting prepared,” Cooper said. “A winter storm’s not a Christmas carol snow. It’s serious, and you need to take steps now to get your family ready.”
Cooper said he has activated the National Guard to help as needed in addition to declaring a state of emergency. He advised against any unnecessary travel on slick roads over the weekend.
"The more cars we have on the road, the tougher it will be for our DOT crews to treat and clear those roadways," Cooper said. "If you absolutely must travel, clear your car of snow and ice before you drive, slow down and leave room between you and other vehicles"
WeatherNation will continue to follow this winter storm as it moves across the country, including the impacts to North Carolina through the weekend. Our field teams will be live covering the storm only on WeatherNation. WATCH anytime right here on WeatherNationTV.com