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Winter storm heading our way may bring power outages

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A winter storm warning for the Outer Banks has been revised with more snow, up to 3 inches possible overnight. The National Weather Service’s latest update  (Wed. 10:48 a.m.) stated that a combination of high winds and surf, snow and freezing rain will cause very hazardous conditions beginning as early as this afternoon and peaking tonight into Thursday morning.

The storm is expected to start with freezing rain which will convert to ice when making contact with frozen trees and the ground. Overnight, winds are expected to be 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph which may cause downed trees and power lines causing power outages.

Thursday’s high will be 34 degrees then freezing temperatures are expected into Saturday.

Driving conditions will be hazardous and travelers should keep an extra flashlight, blankets, food and water in their vehicles in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 511.

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