As grey skies turned to snow, snow turned to sleet, and sleet turned to ice pellets across the region Monday, area residents stocked up on groceries and essential supplies for the storm.
A layer of ice began to build up on the streets by mid-day Monday, leaving both pedestrians and drivers skidding along the sidewalks and streets.
The State Highway Patrol investigated more than 1,000 accidents since midnight Monday across the state. 31 wrecks were reported in Jackson County on Monday.
According to Duke Energy, power outages were reported across the region:
HAYWOOD – 394 without power
JACKSON – 53 without power
MACON – 531 without power
SWAIN – 79 without power
North Carolina Emergency Services estimated customers without power at noon today: 52,000; down from 63,000 at 10 am. Majority in eastern part of NC.
On Wednesday,temperatures are predicted to drop to single and negative digits. There will be a chance of snow showers throughout the day on Wednesday.