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Monday, January 10, 2011

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North Carolina.. State of Emergency Declared for Winter Storm  www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=487626320325&...50589
N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:21pm

Emergency Management Urges Residents to Stay Warm, Exercise Caution as State Contends with More Snow and Ice

Gov. Bev Perdue today declared a State of Emergency for the entire state due to the winter storm. Executed under the Emergency Management Act, the declaration enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm.
Perdue said state and county emergency management officials have been in close contact with each other over the weekend preparing for this storm. Transportation crews have been treating the roads with salt and brine, and State Highway Patrol troopers and N.C. National Guard soldiers are on standby.

This is the third time this winter, the State Emergency Response Team is responding to a snow and ice storm that will impact much of North Carolina.
"Once again, we have a winter storm that will impact almost the entire state with some type of frozen precipitation,” Perdue said."We know travel will be hazardous this afternoon and into Tuesday, so we're urging everyone be safe. Don't take any unnecessary risks if you don't have to and exercise caution if you must travel.”

Winter storm warnings are in effect until Tuesday afternoon for the western two-thirds of North Carolina. New snow accumulation of 8-14 inches overnight and this morning has been reported in the state's central and southern mountains. Snow will continue today before turning into sleet and freezing rain overnight. In central North Carolina, snow accumulations of between one to seven inches are expected.

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