RALEIGH, N.C. – Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press conference on Saturday that North Carolina residents should prepare for days of impact from the upcoming snowstorm.
“Later today, North Carolina will start feeling the effect of a major winter storm. Let me remind you this is a snowstorm, not a snowfall,” Cooper said. “It’s serious.”
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for nearly every county in the FOX8 viewing area from 1 a.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Monday.
Parts of North Carolina are forecast to get up to 18 inches of snow and ice Saturday through Monday along with gusty winds. Nearly all of the state is expected to feel some sort of impact from the storm.
The storm starts around midnight Sunday with snow. For the Triad, the snow will continue until about 4 p.m. Sunday.
After 4 p.m. Sunday, the Triad snow will begin to mix with and change to sleet and freezing rain. Across the Virginia border counties, mountains and foothills, there’s a chance they could remain all snow, especially the mountains.
The precipitation should begin to stop between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday. Overnight Sunday into Monday, there’s a chance we could see a light wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. But most of the precipitation will fall on Sunday.
The Piedmont could see six to 12 inches of snow. Over a foot of snow is possible across the mountains and foothills.