A major storm with snow and ice will begin to depart the Charlotte area Thursday, but is still expected to produce dangerous travel and potential power outages.
The worst of the storm affected northern Georgia, South Carolina and western North Carolinas Wednesday and Wednesday night before the storm began to track up the East Coast, taking aim at the Northeast.
According to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "If you head out during the storm, you may not get home."
The storm will bring a heavy accumulation even though sleet and freezing rain occur. Enough snow and ice can occur to cause road closures and power outages.
Officials may be forced to close roads and interstates if conditions become too dangerous. All of North and South Carolina, Virginia, and more than 80 counties in northern Georgia were under a state of emergency on Wednesday.
Airline passengers should prepare for possible lengthy delays and flight cancellations.
Even though the storm with its snow and ice will depart later Thursday, travel may be at a standstill in much of the region. Additional power outages could occur as a breeze picks up and tree limbs shift position.
Another, weaker, storm will move in from the west Friday night and can bring a touch of snow and rain.
Milder air will follow this weekend and will assist with cleanup.
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