North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said he's concerned about the potential for power outages in the state, mostly due to strong gusts of wind. He also mentioned a concern for ice in the Charlotte area. Thursday McCrory declared a state of emergency ahead of the winter storm. Watch the press conference here.
The governor encouraged business owners to allow employees to work from home if possible.
McCrory says the death toll from the winter storm in North Carolina now stands at four as road conditions worsen and power outages increase.
McCrory provided few details about the deaths at a news conference Friday. He said one person injured in an accident Wednesday evening has died, and another motorist died Friday in an accident involving several trucks and a car on Interstate 95 in Johnston County. Two other people also died in wrecks Wednesday.
Highway Patrol Commander Col. William Gray says troopers have responded to 571 wrecks and more than 800 calls for service since midnight Friday.
Officials say lanes of Interstate 95 and 40 were closed Friday. Secondary and rural roads are treacherous while Transportation Department crews concentrate first on major routes.
McCrory says about 6,000 customers are without power across the state with those concentrated in the mountains and the Charlotte region.
State Transportation Department officials say all roads in North Carolina are open although lanes of some major highways in the western part of the state are closed because of the winter storm.
DOT officials said in a news release Friday that lanes are closed on Interstate 26 at mile marker 53 in Hendersonville; on I-26 East at mile marker 33 in Asheville; and on I-40 East at mile marker 64 in Black Mountain.
As of Friday morning, officials say crews have placed nearly 2 million gallons of a salt-water mixture called brine on major highways and roads. That work began Tuesday and continued through Thursday.
DOT equipment is even in place on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, where the storm could become a nor'easter.
Although roads are clear, DOT advises people to stay home.
Winter weather is expected all day. Everyone in FOX 46 WJZY's viewing area is under a winter storm warning through Saturday evening.
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