Cold grips North Carolina, delays school, snow coming

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It is bitterly cold across North Carolina and forecasters say snow could be coming to the eastern part of the state later this week.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for 75 of the state's 100 counties for Tuesday morning. Wind chill readings as low as minus-15 were expected in the mountains. A reading of 2 was reported in New Bern, with 13 in Raleigh.

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Many schools planned to open two hours later than usual because of the cold.

Duke Energy reported about 6,300 customers without service Tuesday morning. The most serious problems were reported Lee and Randolph counties, west and southwest of Raleigh.

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A winter storm watch was reported in 33 counties. Snow was possible Wednesday with up to 4 inches expected along the coast.