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'Potentially crippling storm' settles in across NC

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TWC News: 'Potentially crippling storm' settles in across NC
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The National Weather Service has called this a "potentially crippling winter storm" and it has been. Those words are not used to scare anyone, but to make sure you are prepared for extremely dangerous if not impossible travel conditions and the potential for extended power outages.

During the night, TWC News meteorologists expect the wintry mix to become freezing rain especially from near Raleigh to the south. A period of heavy freezing rain is possible. This could lead to ice accumulations through Thursday morning between 0.25" to 0.75". Ice accumulations over 0.25" typically cause power outages.

There will be a break in the precipitation by mid to late morning Thursday. However, a band of moderate to heavy snow will develop on the back side of this storm as it moves up the East Coast. It is still uncertain exactly where this band will set up, but it is possible that it could be over the Triangle. That would lead to an additional one to four inches of snow accumulation.

Accumulation totals could go up or down. It is important to not focus on that number. Instead, be aware that significant snow and ice accumulation will cause extremely dangerous travel conditions and potentially power outages that last for days.

Stay tuned to Time Warner Cable News for updates on the storm. If you are away from your TV, Time Warner Cable video customers can still watch LIVE streaming video at TWCnews.com and with the TWC News app for your mobile device.

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