Gov. McCrory declares State of Emergency ahead of major winter storm

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Gov. Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency Thursday morning ahead of a major winter storm that is expected to hit the Piedmont-Triad around daybreak Friday morning.

“Given the snow and ice accumulations that are predicted, combined with gusty winds and already saturated grounds, this storm has serious potential,” McCrory said. “Ice accumulations of one-quarter inch or more can weaken tree limbs and lead to downed power lines. Needless to say, we’re watching this storm very carefully.”

During the news conference McCrory mentioned that two deaths in Stokes and Forsyth counties have already been attributed to weather.

McCrory said his first priority is to prevent any more weather-related fatalities.

"We want to prevent any loss of life," Governor McCrory said.

The governor has also ordered that the State of Emergency Operations Center be activated.

A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect for the Piedmont Triad at midnight.

As we get into the evening, clouds start to creep back into the area. By Friday, we will start to see some sleet and snow between 3 and 4 a.m.

There will be a wintry mix (snow/sleet/freezing rain) throughout the day on Friday for the Triad and points southward.

The southern Piedmont could see the most ice out of this storm. Areas northwest of the Triad will likely see mostly snow with very little ice.

All of this wraps up with snow on Saturday.

We should see less than 1/4 inch of ice and between 3 and 6 inches of snow in the Triad.