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PIEDMONT TRIAD, N.C. — A million North Carolinians may end up without power by day’s end as an ice storm crosses the state Thursday.

Duke Energy has projected that a million people could lose power, and some of these outages could last several days.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said that freezing rain began in central North Carolina by about 3:25 a.m. Thursday.


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5:00 p.m.

After thousands lost power earlier in the day, power has been restored to most Triad residents.

As of 5 p.m., Rockingham County is the only Triad county still reporting more than 1,000 outages, with 2,770.

2:21 p.m.

NCDOT is working to cut fallen and split trees along Pleasant Ridge Road in Guilford County before they can damage power lines and block the road.

12 p.m.

Power is out on South Main Street in High Point. Around 2,500 people are impacted by the outage, and there is no word yet on when power will be restored.

11:06 a.m.

6 cars damaged by falling trees at Ardmore Terrace & Cloverdale Apartments in Winston-Salem

10:49 a.m.

FROM CITY OF HIGH POINT: We have a power outage on South Main affecting about 2,600 customers. Our crews are aware and working on it. This ice storm is serious and will cause down trees and power outages. Here is THE LATEST ON POWER OUTAGES.

10:45 a.m.

Silas Creek Parkway and Hanes Mall Blvd, tree down blocking right hand lanes going to the mall. 

10:29 a.m.

Forsyth County Government offices will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 18, due to inclement weather except for emergency/essential personnel. This closure includes Public Health vaccination and testing events, county parks, and libraries.  

10:23 a.m.

Duke Energy reporting thousands without power in Forsyth County and Winston-Salem.

9:17 a.m.

All Greensboro Public Library Locations Closed Due to Inclement Weather

9:06 a.m.

Greensboro City Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the continued predictions of freezing rain throughout the day, City of Greensboro offices and facilities will now remain closed, Thursday, February 18. A full list of City facility closings, meeting cancellations, and service changes are available at Residents can still use the City’s online system to pay water bills, parking fines or permits online. Residents can also call the following for these services:

·         Police – 911 (emergencies only) or 336-373-2222, menu option #3 (non-emergencies)
·         Water Resources (emergencies only) – 336-373-2033

9:02 a.m.

Sylas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem

9 a.m.

Crews prepare for ice storm at Sheetz on New Garden in Greensboro (Kevin Daniels/WGHP)

8:34 a.m.

Winter Storm Closes Numerous DMV License Offices
The winter storm that has hit North Carolina has forced the closure of a number of N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle driver license offices, especially in the western and north central part of the state that are dealing with ice. If you registered your cell number and/or email address to receive alerts about your appointment today, you should be getting notified if that office has closed. You can also check on the status of your local Driver License and License Plate Agency offices on the DMV website at by typing in “office locations” in the search window.

And the DMV reminds customers that a number of processes can be handled online, including driver license and vehicle renewals and duplicates.

8:20 a.m.

Notable power outages from Duke Energy right now: 

7:50 a.m.

  • Ice begins to accrue at Midway Town Park. (David Weatherly/WGHP)
  • Ice begins to accrue at Midway Town Park. (David Weatherly/WGHP)

3:25 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said that freezing rain began in central North Carolina by about 3:25 a.m. Thursday.