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Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6pm Saturday.

The storm system is expected to dump snow, ice or freezing rain across the Triangle. Motorist could encounter slick spots on bridges and overpasses and parking lots. Be extra cautious while driving and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Ice could also cause power outages in some areas, and when the power goes out generators come on as well as serious risks with carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical issues, and fire. Generators should be placed outside at least 15 feet from a home, with the exhaust pointed away from the home.

A word of CAUTION– People without generators should not use charcoal or propane griller or heaters inside to heat the home. This can produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide.

BEFORE turning on the generator, make sure to use a heavy-duty,outdoor power cord and let the generator run briefly before plugging in appliances. Appliances should also be plugged in one at a time, to allow the generator to power up and stabilize before plugging in another appliance.

The storm is also causing a disruption of air travel, more than 200 flights at RDU have been cancelled. Contact your airlines before heading to the airport.

Duke Energy recommend that people should have on hand:

Bottled water

Non-perishable food

Working flashlights

If you do have a power outage, Duke Energy asks that you report it at 1-800-POWERON.