North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency ahead of a winter storm expected to hit the Charlotte area early Friday morning.
“Given the snow and ice accumulations that are predicted, combined with gusty winds and already saturated grounds, this storm has serious potential,” said McCrory.
The Charlotte area could get about a quarter inch of ice, with Hickory, Lincolnton and Salisbury getting closer to a half inch of ice. Ice accumulation like this could cause wide spread power outages and bring down trees limbs. Ice on the roads would make for dangerous driving conditions.
The National Weather Service has issued either winter storm warnings or advisories for 56 counties across the northern half of the state.
Forecasters are also concerned about the possibility of flooding along the Tar and Neuse river basins over the weekend. Rainfall has been above normal since October, increasing the chances for runoff into streams.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.