RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on winter weather conditions in North Carolina (all times local):
Freezing rain that plagued travel across central North Carolina continues to worry traffic officials.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s office said Monday that State Highway Patrol troopers have responded to more than 1,000 wrecks across the state, with some of the worst conditions around Raleigh. No serious injuries were reported.
The state Transportation Department said roads were clear of snow and ice east of Interstate 95, in and around Charlotte and the far southwestern mountains.
Rapid warming and thunderstorms are forecast for much of the state on Tuesday. The National Weather Service said the storms could include damaging winds gusts of more than 30 mph and the potential for isolated tornados.
Some snow accumulation is expected in higher elevations near the Tennessee border.
Light freezing rain, sleet and snow is falling across much of North Carolina, causing wrecks and closing schools and businesses.
Winter storm warnings and advisories and freezing rain advisories are in effect Monday over the whole state except the coast and extreme western counties.
The National Weather Service says the precipitation is light now, but with temperatures in the 20s, it is freezing immediately on bridges, roads and other surfaces.
The Department of Transportation reports major delays on Interstate 95 north of Interstate 40 and across much of Raleigh and Durham.
Forecasters say temperatures will slowly rise above freezing from the south to north as Monday continues. It may be late Monday night before it gets above 32 degrees around Greensboro.
No major power outages have been reported.
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