RALEIGH, N.C. – Several parts of North Carolina, including much of the Piedmont, have already seen well over a foot of snow and sleet.
Much of the northern portion of the FOX8 viewing area has seen 12 to 15 inches, including Danbury, Mount Airy, Eden and Burlington.
Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news conference Sunday that crews are working around the clock across North Carolina to clear the roads and help stranded drivers.
“North Carolina is in the cold, icy grip of a mammoth, winter storm,” Cooper said. “This storm is treacherous. Especially if you try to drive in it.”
The Highway patrol has responded to more than 500 crashes since midnight, Cooper said.
“Our troopers are ready to help you,” Cooper said. “But don’t make us have to. Don’t put your life and the lives of first responders at risk by getting out on roads covered in snow and ice.”
More than 200,000 North Carolina households were without power as of 5 p.m. Sunday.
The snowstorm hit overnight and is causing ongoing problems in the Piedmont Triad.
The Piedmont Triad is looking at significant impacts to travel and elevated impacts to power. Snow will make the biggest impact, but freezing rain will add insult to injury.
Heavy snow is rolling in following by freezing and sleet Sunday afternoon.
That number is a little lower for our southeastern neighbors with 6 to 8 inches forecasted. The foothills and mountains are looking at a foot or more.