McCrory responds to winter storm

NORTH CAROLINA - NC Governor Pat McCrory provided the public with an update on Winter Storm Jonas during a Winter Weather Press Conference Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

During the briefing, McCrory discussed the storm's severity and impacts, as well as expressed his gratitude for all the work the North Carolina Department of Transportation and other crews did to improve the roads for drivers.

He urged citizens to remain vigilant during the first winter storm of the season and mindful of hazardous travel conditions as the storm continues to impact the state.

“Downed trees and power lines, as well as icy road conditions will continue to be an issue,” the governor said. “Stay off the roads if you can to allow first responders, the power crews and Department of Transportation crews to do their jobs so everyone can be safe.”

McCrory activated the State Emergency Response Team Thursday and declared a State of Emergency late Wednesday because of the overwhelming snow and ice accumulations.  This order is in effect for 30 days but could be canceled earlier if conditions warrant.