North Carolina Zoo closed Sunday ahead of potentially historic December snowfall

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Rhino mom Kit and baby Bonnie. (Brooke Sides/North Carolina Zoo)

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ASHEBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Zoo is closed on Sunday as an upcoming winter storm could possibly bring historic snowfall totals for this month.

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.

“The Zoo’s priority is to ensure the safety of our staff and the 1,600 animals under our care,” the zoo said in a press release.

The Piedmont could see six to 12 inches of snow. Over a foot of snow is possible across the mountains and foothills. Ice could be a problem across the southern Piedmont.

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