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A Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain has been issued for the Piedmont until 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory covers the southern and southeastern areas of the Piedmont, including Alamance, Chatham, Davidson, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Stanly counties.

The N.C. Department of Transportation called in crews shortly after the advisory was issued and are out treating icy spots with a salt and sand mixture.

Motorists should use extra caution this morning, especially on bridges and overpasses, which freeze first.

According to WTVD, officials had to close the Interstate 85 ramp to Highway 70 in Durham, because the overpass was too slick and declared unsafe for drivers.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by mid-morning, and any leftover precipitation will fall in the form of rain.

Forecasters say the rain showers will move out by Thursday afternoon and temperatures will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

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