Governor Cooper declares state of emergency in North Carolina
NEW BERN, Craven County - Governor Roy Cooper officially declared a state of emergency for all of eastern North Carolina and parts of the central part of the state.
The announcement comes just hours before a major winter storm is expected to hit, bringing snow, ice and high winds to much of Eastern North Carolina. Governor Cooper emphasized residents should minimize or altogether avoid travel over the next several days, as road conditions are expected to be treacherous.
“This storm is expected to bring snow, ice, and strong winds to parts of our state,” Cooper said. “A winter storm combined with bitterly cold temperatures is a dangerous combination that will make travel difficult and could lead to power outages.” Forecasts call for two to eight inches of snow along the I-95 corridor and east with higher amounts of six to eight inches in areas between Greenville and Elizabeth City. The heaviest snowfall amounts are expected Wednesday night along the Highway 17 corridor. The expected snowfall amounts and high winds have prompted a blizzard warning for the northeastern counties of Camden and Currituck from 4 pm Wednesday until early Thursday afternoon. High winds are also expected in Carteret, Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell counties. Along with the snow, central coastal counties could see as much as a quarter of an inch of ice accumulate along with very strong winds.