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Winter Storm Causes Dangerous Road Conditions in North Carolina, Virginia

December 16, 2018

NORTH CAROLINA – According to an online news report from, a recent winter storm caused dangerous road conditions across much of the South. North Carolina and Virginia were hit particularly hard with snow and ice.*

A winter storm that moved through the South on December 8 resulted in snow-packed roads and icy patches in North Carolina, Virginia, and parts of other southern states. Police in North Carolina and Virginia said they had responded to hundreds of accidents by December 9 that had been caused by snow and ice on the roads. 

While many people still needed to navigate about or wanted to play in the snow, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged people to stay home. He asked drivers to not place themselves and others at risk unnecessarily.

“Stay put if you can,” Cooper said. “Wrap a few presents, decorate the tree, watch some football.”

Throughout North Carolina, Cooper said, emergency crews and the National Guard were working to clear numerous major accidents on state roads. One accident required a five-person dive team. A tractor-trailer ran off a road and into a river in Kinston, North Carolina, and divers were looking for the missing driver of the truck. Near Charlotte, another accident caused the death of a driver, when a tree overloaded with snow and ice fell onto a moving car. 

In Virginia, state police said Interstate 81 was extremely dangerous because snow was accumulating on the roadway faster than crews could clear it. Several tractor-trailers were sliding off the interstate, according to police. Officials in the state told people to stay off the roads if possible and prepare emergency kits in case they became stuck. 

“Virginians should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared for winter weather storm impacts,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. 

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