Earlier today, WXII 12 Meteorologist Brian Slocum said about 2/10 of an inch of ice had started to build up.
The thin glaze makes roads, sidewalks, and raised surfaces slippery.
All areas (mountains, foothills and Triads) are all under Winter Storm Warning until 7am Friday. Travel will be affected.
A Duke Energy spokesman said the company was bringing in an additional 1,200 crew members from various states to help with power recovery in Carolina. The company expects about a million power outages.
“We also have hundreds of other line workers around Carolina who can be relocated, like we did last weekend, to help restore electricity in the worst affected areas,” said a spokesman.
Duke Energy projects that dangerous winter rainfall and strong winds from winter storms could cause nearly 1 million power outages – some lasting several days – starting Thursday in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Duke Energy says it has thousands of employees supporting the company’s response, including 5,400 line technicians and vegetation workers.
More than 1,300 of these workers come from the company’s Midwest and Florida service area and from other companies providing assistance.
Tips for staying safe during winter weather
Power outages can be very difficult and dangerous. Here are some quick tips in case the power goes out and you need to stay warm:
- Close blinds and curtains to keep heat
- Plug your space heater into the wall, NOT a power strip.
- Close your door and put a towel under the door
- Make sure to eat because food warms the body, and avoid alcohol
- Wear loose, layered clothing and tie it with a blanket