Well, I said Saturday (4/16) was a dark and stormy morning …

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A day after a violent storm system swept across North Carolina, kicking up tornadoes and flattening much in its path, residents began the painful process of cleaning up and mourning those lost.

State officials said Sunday that the death toll from the storms is at least 21, making it the deadliest thunderstorm system to hit the state in more than two decades. Three of the victims – two young siblings and a cousin – died instantly when a tree landed on a Raleigh mobile home. They had been cowering in a closet.

At least 130 people were injured – some severely – and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed.

via Storms leave trail of pain, ruin across N.C. | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

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John made it to work just fine … only problem was getting into the car … the lock was frozen on the jeep!

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Tens of thousands of Carolinas residents are venturing back onto the roads Wednesday morning, as the recovery continues from a winter storm that has closed schools and turned sidewalks and parking lots into ice rinks.

via Charlotte returns to work, but roads are still icy – CharlotteObserver.com.

 

Treacherous, but beautiful. Note that my basset wants to know why I am standing in the snow-filled yard yelling “come” when there is a perfectly dry porch to view the lovely snow!

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Iced-over secondary roads continued to shut down much of the Carolinas on Tuesday, but a slow recovery began shortly before midday as temperatures began to rise.

Travel is treacherous across the region today, after several hours of freezing rain left a coat of ice atop the 4 to 7 inches of snow that fell Monday.

via Charlotte’s temperature is climbing toward a thaw; roads are still dangerous – CharlotteObserver.com.

Yesterday I was hoping for –*–*–*–*–*–*. Sometimes you get what you wish for!

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Snow started about 3:30 a.m. and came down heavily for several hours before lessening after daybreak. Forecasters say snow will fall intermittently much of this afternoon before changing to sleet by sunset and eventually to freezing drizzle later tonight.

“We expect another 2 to 4 inches of snow today in the Piedmont,” Anthony Sturey, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., said late Monday morning.

Jen Thompson, of the N.C. Department of Transportation, said road crews are working to gets roads in better shape but are contending with continuing snowfall and temperatures in the lower 20s.

“We’re still working to get bare pavement exposed,” Thompson said.

The storm has not spared places that typically do not see wintry precipitation.

Up to 5 inches of snow fell in the Columbia area, and from 4 to 6 inches accumulated in the sandhills corridor from Florence to Fayetteville. Freezing rain also fell Monday morning in Charleston.

via Major winter storm could bring 6 to 9 inches to Charlotte area – CharlotteObserver.com.