North Carolina still facing icy conditions

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RALEIGH — North Carolina still faces icy conditions, with dangerous roads in much of the state as bone-chilling temperatures overnight refroze any snow that had melted.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of the state on Thursday. The weather service says ice-covered roads will be a problem at least through noon, when temperatures in many areas are expected to creep above freezing.

Temperatures early Thursday ranged from minus-4 degrees in Asheville and Reidsville to 32 degrees at Kill Devil Hills.

A truck driver died when he lost control of his big rig on Interstate 40 near Morganton. The state Highway Patrol reported that the road was clear and dry when the wreck occurred about 7 a.m. and it was not immediate clear if weather was a factor.

Crews statewide continued to spread salt, sand and brine on major highways. However, the state does not have the resources to reach and treat all secondary roads.

The N.C. Department of Transportation urged state residents to stay home if possible. Those driving were urged to take it slow and leave extra stopping distance between themselves and other vehicles.

Many schools remained closed, with major systems in Mecklenburg and Wake counties shut down for a second day after a winter storm dumped up to six inches of snow in some areas.

Duke Energy reported nearly 3,000 customers without service early Thursday in the western part of the state. The biggest problem is in Stanly County, where nearly 1,000 customers are without service.

The company says about 1,500 customers are without service in the eastern part of the state previously served by Progress Energy.
Dominion Electric reports only about 100 customers without service in northeastern North Carolina.

In Raleigh, fire crews battled a pre-dawn blaze while dealing with temperatures in the single digits as flames engulfed a large home. No injuries were reported.