- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The latest on the winter storm in North Carolina (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

North Carolina troopers say a sixth person has died as a result of snow and ice that have covered the state’s roads in recent days.

State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker said Saturday a motorist died after losing control of her car and hitting a tree in Hickory. Troopers say 19-year-old Madeline Paige Scalf of High Point was killed in the Friday morning crash.

Motorists have died in separate wrecks since Wednesday in Iredell, Johnston, Wilkes, Forsyth and Stokes counties.

2:10 p.m.

Weather forecasters are warning North Carolina faces hazards from ice, winds and high coastal surf.

The National Weather Service on Saturday warned winds could rev up to 30 mph or more Saturday afternoon and evening for most of central and eastern North Carolina. Gale warnings were in effect through Sunday morning along the North Carolina coast. Battering winds and rough seas of six to nine feet were expected for the south-facing beaches on North Carolina’s coast between Morehead City and the South Carolina border into early Sunday.

Forecasters said motorists were at risk of driving across invisible patches of ice overing the state’s roads. That risk was expected to continue into Sunday, when sunny skies were expected to replace Saturday’s cold and clouds.

12:20 p.m.

About 150,000 North Carolina homes and businesses are shuddering in the cold as ice and building winds threatened to extend the power outages.

The State Highway Patrol warned motorists Saturday to stay off roads that were coated with invisible sheets of ice. Troopers had responded to more than 2,000 crashes since icy conditions moved in on Wednesday, causing six traffic deaths.

The heaviest power outages were south of Raleigh. Officials warned statewide sustained winds of 20 miles an hour Saturday threatened to rip down ice-coated power lines.

Most flights in and out of Raleigh-Durham’s airport were canceled, but American Airlines’ second-busiest hub in Charlotte was open.

Gov. Pat McCrory urged fans to stay home rather than attend Saturday’s rivalry game between Duke University and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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