RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a wintry storm that hit several southern states (all times local):
North Carolina’s governor is warning drivers that melting snow could refreeze again overnight and cause a treacherous morning commute for a third day.
Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference Tuesday that overnight temperatures could again dip into the 20s or teens overnight after rising above freezing across much of the state during the day. That creates the potential for treacherous black ice on roads again during Wednesday’s commute.
Cooper said that 60 school districts remain closed after the storm dumped more than 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow in western parts of the state. A National Weather Service map indicates that more than a third of the state’s 100 counties had accumulations of 6 inches (15 centimeters) or more.
The governor says crews have restored power to a half-million customers, leaving only about 38,000 households without power Tuesday morning.
A North Carolina family says that snow caved in the roof of an equestrian event space, killing three horses.
The Lovelace family tells The Gaston Gazette the roof caved in Sunday night at the building at Sunnyside Farms near Bessemer City. They discovered the three horses dead around dawn Monday. A fourth horse escaped.
Sue Lovelace spoke to the newspaper while she and family surveyed damage Monday afternoon. She says the family is heartbroken over the loss of the animals. County property records show the 24,000 square foot (2,200 square-meter) building was built in 2006 and could be rented for equestrian events.
Lovelace said the family had Gaston County officials inspect the venue when they opened it to the public to make sure it was safe.
She says it appears the weight of snow on the roof caused the collapse.
Several Southern states hit hard by a wintry storm were bracing early Tuesday for plunging temperatures that could refreeze melting snow and make roads more treacherous.
Scores of schools in Virginia and North Carolina were remaining closed for a second day. Georgia also announced a late start for state government workers because of fears about ice on roads. The storm that blew in over the weekend was blamed for at least three deaths in North Carolina, along with numerous car crashes, power outages and canceled flights.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that the worst of the storm had passed, but residents — particularly motorists — should keep watch for dangerous conditions. Melting snow and ice could result in slick road conditions Tuesday morning as temperatures fall and moisture refreezes.