A winter storm was forecast to bring snow to portions of the Carolinas and Virginia on Thursday, and over 12 million people were under some form of winter weather alert, including the Charlotte and Raleigh metro areas.
AccuWeather predicted 1-3 inches of snow over a large part of North Carolina and southern Virginia; 3-6 inches was likely over the southern Appalachians and part of eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.
The storm will bring dangerous conditions for drivers, CNN said, as black ice and snow accumulate on roads. Many school systems in North Carolina closed on Thursday in advance of the storm.
Government offices in Durham County closed early, and Durham Public Schools, a district with more than 32,000 students, closed its schools Thursday.