RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is asking some to prepare for a possible bout of below-freezing temperatures and ice or snow or sleet this week.

Western North Carolina could see accumulating snow late Tuesday with effects lingering into Wednesday. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings will be in effect starting at 4 a.m. Tuesday for much of the North Carolina mountains. Ice could formulate on roads, causing for hazardous driving early Wednesday. 

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"North Carolina is bracing for more cold and snowy weather, and I urge people to monitor their local forecasts closely and take proactive steps to stay ready, warm, and safe," said Gov. Cooper.

State DOT crews in the mountains are preparing for snow, with brining underway along the I-40 corridor and other primary roads.

Central and eastern North Carolina are unlikely to see significant snow accumulation. In the Triad, snowfall isn't a guarantee, but a possibility. Significant snow accumulations are not expected, but the moisture from the rain & snow may cause travel issues Tuesday evening, and especially Wednesday morning. 

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