The National Weather Service said a "prolonged period of snow is expected" starting Saturday and lasting until Monday, with the heaviest snow expected in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia.
Other airports that could be affected include Asheville and Raleigh-Durham International in North Carolina, Lynchburg and Roanoke in Virginia and Greenville-Spartanburg International, South Carolina. "Stay safe where you are", Cooper said.
The brunt of this storm will be felt during the first half of Sunday with very heavy snow in North Carolina and Virginia.
Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states and poised to hit particular hard in portions of North Carolina and Virginia. Today, the heaviest snow is expected to fall in North Carolina, especially the higher elevations in the western part of the state.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam followed suit, declaring a state of emergency on Saturday.
"But this time, the real thing is headed our way and North Carolina is getting prepared", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a statement.
Emergency officials urged everyone to stay indoors and off icy roads.
Winter storm slams large part of U.S.
On Sunday, Division of Highways road crews from ten county garages were actively plowing roadways, while three were spot treating roads or on standby, West Virginia 511 was reporting.
"Each night, any snow that melts during the day.it could refreeze", forecaster David Roth told NPR.
The storm is not expected to travel far enough north to have any major impact in the northeast of the country. "Getting out on risky roads could put your life at risk".
The flooding and winter precipitation may also affect Georgia.
Some of North Carolina's roads may disappear under ice up to a quarter of an inch (half a centimeter) thick, the National Weather Service said.
Winter storm warnings have been cancelled in Arkansas, and have been replaced with Winter Weather Advisories. In South Carolina, more than 52,100 customers have lost power. More than 80,000 were without power in SC. It picks up late on Saturday, when blizzard conditions are possible in the higher Appalachians, with larger accumulations Sunday into early Monday morning across the zone.
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