Jan 30, 2010 8:30 AM by Associated Press

Winter storm moving east; NC roads closed

I-26 near Asheville and I-40 near Black Mountain, N.C., are expected to remain shut down overnight as a winter blast moves into the Southeastern U.S. The roads were closed after a number of wrecks.

The same storm knocked out power to tens of thousands and closed major highways in the Midwest and Southern Plains Friday.

The heaviest snow, possibly up to a foot, was predicted in Arkansas near the Missouri state line, northern Tennessee near the Kentucky and Virginia borders and western North Carolina.

States of emergency were declared in Tennessee, Arkansas and parts of Virginia and schools closed early in northern Alabama.

In Western Kentucky, Store manager Chris Burgess says shoppers at Murray Home & Auto snatched up every available sled in anticipation of a heavy snow.



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