Forecasters say worst-case scenario for snowfall occurring

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the worst-case scenarios for snowfall in eastern North Carolina are materializing.

The weather service office in Raleigh said Wednesday it was receiving reports of 3 inches or more of snow in areas southeast of the city. As a result, forecasters expanded a winter-storm warning and increased snowfall totals for the Sandhills region.

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According to the latest forecast, accumulations between 2 inches (5 centimeters) and 4 inches (10 centimeters) are expected to lead to hazardous travel conditions in the areas including Moore, Lee, Harnett, Scotland, Hoke and Cumberland counties. Forecasters warn of significant reductions in visibility because of the snow.

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The winter-storm warning remains in effect for the coastal plain until Thursday. A blizzard warning is in effect for Pasquotank, Camden and Currituck counties until Thursday afternoon.