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Ice and Snow Cause Hundreds of Wrecks in NC

An ice storm warning was issued from the Smoky Mountains into Kentucky
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
Car Accident
Overturned vehicle on I40 westbound at Oxford School Road in Catawba County. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of the state until late Friday night or early Saturday. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Willhelm)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Freezing rain and sleet have closed schools and offices and caused hundreds of wrecks across North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The icy weather snarled traffic across much of western and central North Carolina. The Department of Transportation reported traffic moving under 30 mph on much of Interstate 40 from Winston-Salem to Raleigh and Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Durham.

Charlotte Police were responding to dozens of calls of cars overturned as the heaviest freezing rain moved through.

The storm has caused no deaths, and only scattered power outages have been reported.

Tennessee had declared a state of emergency as a precaution and the eastern part of the state is seeing significant icing.

An ice storm warning was issued from the Smoky Mountains, northward through Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and well into Kentucky.

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ccdae5

just driving to fast and without experience over there

January 26 2013 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Davie2743

As we who live in the North know when roads are iced they need to be closed and the State needs to function on an emergency basis, that means only emergency vehicles are allowed on the roads.

January 25 2013 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cptberm55

There are more accidents in El Paso Texas on a bright sunny day with dry roads than your state has on ice...

January 25 2013 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jaysmc

Ya'll just can't drive.

January 25 2013 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
imcrazyriter

That is why my car stayed in my driveway all day. The sleet came in earlier than they had anticipated. There is nothing out there that I need or that needs me bad enough to get my car out on ice covered roads!!

January 25 2013 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbjg24m

roads are really slick here in Va

January 25 2013 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
terry

...wear ensible shoes at all times.

January 25 2013 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
margieleemargie

wow.stay safe folks dont be out in this unless you absolutely have to

January 25 2013 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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