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RALEIGH, N.C. -
North Carolina still faces
icy conditions, with dangerous roads in much of the state as
bone-chilling temperatures overnight refroze any snow that had melted.
National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for most of
the state on Thursday. Morning temperatures ranged from minus-4 degrees
in Asheville and Reidsville to 32 degrees at Kill Devil Hills.
temperatures in many areas finally crept above freezing during the
afternoon, forecasters warned that melting snow on roadways would likely
refreeze into black ice after dark.
Praising how the state
residents have weathered this week's cold snap thus far, Gov. Pat
McCrory urged those on the roads to continue to exercise caution even as
"It doesn't matter how experienced you are
as a driver, no one can safely drive on black ice," McCrory said
Thursday. "Now is not the time to be stupid."
Two people died Wednesday in separate traffic accidents in Surry County.
truck driver died early Thursday morning when he lost control of his
big rig on Interstate 40 in Burke County. State Highway Patrol spokesman
1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon said the road was clear and dry when the wreck
occurred before 7 a.m. and it did not appear weather was a factor.
Another person sleeping in the cab of the truck survived and was taken
to the hospital.
Otherwise, Gordon said, the morning rush went without the major accidents that sometimes occur during icy conditions.
"People appear to have heeded the warnings to stay off the roads," Gordon said.
statewide continued to spread salt, sand and brine on major highways.
However, the state does not have the resources to reach and treat all
The N.C. Department of
Transportation urged state residents to stay home, if possible. Those
driving were urged to take it slow and leave extra stopping distance
between themselves and other vehicles.
Many schools remained
closed, with major systems in Mecklenburg and Wake counties shut down
for a second day after a winter storm dumped up to six inches of snow in
Duke Energy reported nearly 3,000 customers without
service early Thursday in the western part of the state. The biggest
problem is in Stanly County, where nearly 1,000 customers are without
The company says about 1,500 customers are without
service in the eastern part of the state previously served by Progress
Dominion Electric reports only about 100 customers without service in northeastern North Carolina.
Raleigh, fire crews battled a pre-dawn blaze while dealing with
temperatures in the single digits as flames engulfed a large home. No
injuries were reported.