Raleigh, NC, Faces Major Winter Storm

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
February 13, 2014; 12:53 AM ET
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A storm with snow and ice will continue to affect Raleigh, N.C., with dangerous travel and potential power outages into Thursday.

Even though the worst of the sleet and freezing rain has past, more sleet and freezing rain will be in store for Thursday before finally ending as a plain snow.

This will likely lead to more travel disruptions and power outages in addition to everything that occurred since Tuesday.

According to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "If you head out during the storm, you may not get home."

A buildup of ice could make some roads impassable and cause and widespread power outages.

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Officials may be forced to close roads and interstates if conditions become too dangerous. All of North and South Carolina, and Virginia were under a state of emergency.

Airline passengers should prepare for possible lengthy delays and flight cancellations.

"People may not want to park or walk under trees, as the ice may bring them down without notice," Abrams said.

Even though the storm with its snow and ice will depart later Thursday, travel may be at a standstill in much of the region. As the wind picks up during the day Thursday, combined with rising temperatures, shifting tree limbs could cause additional power outages.

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 winter storm this weekend and will assist with cleanup.

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