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North Carolina governor declares emergency ahead of new snow

January 20, 2022 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a state of emergency on Wednesday, the second one in as many weeks, in advance of another forecast of winter weather that will cover the snow and sleet that fell last week.

While the most significant precipitation fell on central and western counties, the governor’s office cites forecasts that call for several inches of snow from the Research Triangle area and to the northeast toward the coast. Up to a half-inch of ice is expected in southeastern counties, raising the possibility of power outages due to accumulation on power lines.

In a news release, Cooper said the state of emergency will waive some transportation regulations to allow for quicker storm preparation and response and power restoration. Providing a separate emergency declaration, documentation and expense tracking are important when seeking federal reimbursement for two different storm events, the governor’s office said.