Gov. McCrory declares State of Emergency; ‘We are anticipating the worst’
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday said the winter storm headed North Carolina’s way is “very unpredictable.”
“We hope to be overprepared and underwhelmed by the weather, but we are anticipating the worst,” he said during a press conference.
The Triad, Triangle and most of the Virginia border counties could see 4 to 8 inches of snow with a glaze of ice on top — “extremely dangerous conditions,” he said.
McCrory has already declared a State of Emergency which enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm and is the first step in seeking federal funds to help defray eligible storm-related costs.
The Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh is already open.
“We are preparing for as much as eight inches of snow across the majority of the state,” McCrory said. “The State Emergency Response Team that consists of multiple state and local agencies worked throughout the afternoon Tuesday and overnight and they have teams mobilized and ready for the next storm.”
McCrory’s biggest warning to the public: Stay off the roads.
“We don’t want people out on the roads tonight where there is serious snowfall,” he said. “Give our crews time to clear the roads.”
The Department of Transportation workers have been out since Tuesday preparing the roads, he said.
“All resources are ready to respond to this storm,” he said. “Give yourself plenty of time to get home safe before the storm arrives.”
N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said crews throughout the state are busy brining roadways and will work through the night and into tomorrow, treating them with salt and sand.
Tata said 1,100 vehicles have laid 13,000 tons of salt and 3.5 tons of salt and sand. More than 2,000 DOT employees are working.
Homeland Security and FEMA are both now in North Carolina and 700 troopers are on alert ahead of the storm.
The Highway Patrol will be checking all cars on the side of the road for people who are trapped.
Two people died Tuesday in separate weather-related vehicle crashes when their cars slid off the road and ran into a tree.
Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions.