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Gov. declares State of Emergency after Friday's 'winter storm'

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A messy, raw cold front of rain, snow and sleet made its way across the WBTV viewing area Friday morning, leading North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to declare a State of Emergency by Friday afternoon. 

Rain moved into our southern counties early Thursday evening and slowly spread from there.

It remained cold Thursday, with afternoon temperatures only rebounding to the low to mid 40's.

While our southern counties just saw a cold rain, northern areas, particularly north of Interstate 40, are seeing a wintry mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain as temperatures drop overnight, Meteorologist Ashley Batey said.

A Flood Warning is in effect for Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties until 4:30 p.m. More than 1.5 inches of rain had fallen overnight in the region.

The NC Department of Transportation closed several roads in Cabarrus Co. due to high flood waters. Those roads are:

• Hopewell Church Road between Kiser Road and Garmon Mill Road in Midland;
• Lake Lynn Road at Twinfield Drive in Concord;
• Bowman Barrier Road between Long Run Farm Road and Eastover Road in Mount Pleasant;
• Pharr Mill Road between Rocky River Road and Sequoia Hills Road in Harrisburg;
• Hahn Scott Road at Lambert Road in Mount Pleasant;
• Pinebluff Road at Bluffton Drive in Midland.

Governor McCory's office said several counties across the Piedmont reported downed trees blocking roads. 

"Our residents, as well as our medical providers, businesses and livestock industry, need heat and electricity. These declarations are one way that the state can help to ensure that goods and services are restored as soon as possible," said Governor McCrory.

The storm will slowly pull out of the region Friday, and so lingering rain and clouds will keep temperatures in the upper 30s to about 40, way below normal for the second day in a row.

Clearing should begin late in the afternoon.

Beyond, the weekend looks wonderful with sunshine returning and highs surging into the mid and upper 60s and near 70 degree temperatures are likely early next week.

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