Salt-spreader trucks criss-crossed coastal roads as courthouses and schools closed Friday to prepare for a snow and ice storm that is expected to rumble through parts of the Carolinas and Virginia unaccustomed to winter precipitation. blackouts, while areas northeast of there extending into Virginia could see several inches of snow. School districts along the route have canceled classes or gone to remote learning, while several major coastal military bases have told non-essential personnel not to report to work. Fifty-seven courthouses from central North Carolina to the coast have closed or changed their operations due to the forecast. Transportation officials in the southeast corner of Virginia said Friday morning that crews had been working overnight to treat the roads, but warned people to stay clear of them “Road temperatures are below zero on all roads in the region, which means a high potential for slippery areas, icy conditions and slush Stay home where it’s warm and safe, unless travel is unavoidable “said the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Hampton Roads District. said in a tweet. In the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area, a fire chief has warned that even walking out the front door could be dangerous. Be very careful leaving your home,” Horry County Fire Chief Joey Tanner said. Near Raleigh, an ambulance carrying a patient slid on an icy road early Friday, injuring two workers. on board, according to the state Highway Patrol. The patient died after the accident, but the cause of death has not been confirmed. The governor’s office said numerous crashes were reported Friday morning after the first surge of the storm, and a heavier wave of snow and ice was expected later in the day. area, which includes Norfolk and Virginia Beach.Chris Stokes, 41, a construction worker who lives in Norfolk, stocked up at a Harris Teeter grocery store on Friday morning, supplementing his supplies with bottled water, eggs, chicken, wine and other items. “I’ve had a few problems before, but now they feel like it’s going to be a lot worse,” Stokes said. School was canceled for her children. Its construction work was suspended. Stokes’ plan was to put chicken in the slow cooker and put together toys his children received for Christmas. “Fortunately, I have a 4×4 (pickup truck),” he added. “So if anything happens, I’m not stuck for real. I can probably get to where I need to go. But I’m sure nothing will be open.” In North Carolina, the greatest amounts of ice will likely develop near New Bern, where two U.S. highways intersect, said Ryan Ellis of the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City. “We could see up to half an inch of ice there, and with that amount you really start to get concerns about power outages,” Ellis said. Ice will be a concern along the coast of Jacksonville, North Carolina to the northeast corner of South Carolina.The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency before the storm.Carolina Governor of the North, Roy Cooper, who called more than 100 members of the National Guard, warned people Friday to “stay put and off the roads. Duke Energy said in a press release that he had prepared 2,500 workers in the Carolinas to help restore power after the storm, drawing crews from as far away as Florida and Indiana.In South Carolina, regions that typically consider hurricanes their greatest weather threat were preparing to Ice, warning that they p could become particularly dangerous once freezing rain begins Friday evening. Myrtle Beach planned to close at least one bridge for safety before any bad weather started. In Charleston, schools were closed and many offices and businesses closed after lunch. Additional reporting by the Associated Press.
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