NC Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead Of Today’s Snowstorm


Yesterday afternoon, the Governor of North Carolina Governor declared a state of emergency for today’s winter storm after forecasters increased the snowfall estimates from under 1 inch to possibly 3-5 inches in many parts of our state.

“Nearly all of North Carolina will be impacted by this winter storm, and we’re making sure North Carolina is ready,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in his statement. “I urge all of our residents to be prepared and to stay safe.”

“Unnecessary travel not only puts you at risk, but it can also put our first responders’ lives at risk if you end up needing help, and the more vehicles we have on the road, the tougher it is for our DOT crews to treat and clear those roads and get them open again.”

Governor Cooper also sent out a press release with the following emergency information:

North Carolina will activate the State Emergency Operations Center Wednesday morning to coordinate storm response throughout the impacted areas. Other storm preparations include:

  • NCDOT crews have applied more than 1.7 million gallons of salt brine across roadways in 52 counties and have crews and equipment ready to clear ice and snow.
  • State troopers will mark abandoned vehicles along the roadway and coordinate with local law enforcement to ensure no one is stranded.
  • State troopers and transportation crews will work to clear disabled vehicles quickly so they don’t impede traffic.
  • Adverse weather policy is in effect for state employees. State employees should coordinate with their supervisors.

Follow NC Emergency Management and NCDOT on Facebook and Twitter for the latest storm updates. Real-time weather and road conditions, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or online at

Travelers are urged to go to for up-to-date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions.