The Washington Post Sunday

Winter storm set to deliver snow, sleet

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A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain took aim at millions of people across a wide swath of the South, raising the threat of immobilizi­ng snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages.

Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencie­s ahead of the storm, freeing up funds and manpower to help mitigate its effect.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said Saturday that residents in some parts of the state should be ready for a lengthy ordeal from the storm, which was beginning to dump sleet and snow across its western mountain areas Saturday night.

Officials have warned residents to prepare emergency kits and stay off the roads in affected areas.

The National Weather Service said a “prolonged period of snow is expected” starting Saturday and lasting until Monday, with the heaviest snow expected in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia. Forecaster­s have said some mountainou­s areas of North Carolina could get up to 12 inches of snow or more.

Heavy rains were expected elsewhere in the South, creating possible floods in coastal areas.

North Carolina’s largest electric utility, Duke Energy, has said there could be more than 500,000 power outages.

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