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NC governor urges residents to prepare for severe weather

January 2, 2022 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor is urging people to prepare for severe weather.

Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement late Sunday afternoon that portions of the state could see heavy rain or significant snowfall as well as gusty winds.

“It’s important to stay informed of changing weather conditions, and to have a way to receive weather alerts,” Cooper said. “A little preparation before severe or winter weather arrives can help avoid inconveniences and emergencies later.”

Severe storms are possible across eastern North Carolina. Snowfall is expected across portions of western North Carolina.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for much of the mountains and far northwestern Piedmont.

The governor’s office said that there could be storms in eastern North Carolina that are capable of producing damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes.

There also could be flooding in the Charlotte region as well as the Triad and Triangle areas. A coastal flood advisory has been issued for parts of the Outer Banks and Carteret County for Monday and into Tuesday.