The forward edge of a major winter storm was set to enter North Carolina, bringing with it the prospect for frozen precipitation across the northern counties

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The forward edge of a major winter storm poised was poised to enter North Carolina, with the National Weather Service saying areas forecast to get deep snow and ice should prepare for downed trees and power lines, prolonged power outages and impassable roads for an extended period.

A winter storm warning went into effect at midnight Friday and will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for central North Carolina along and west of Interstate 95. A winter weather advisory is posted for areas east of I-95.

Forecasters also say wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible through Friday night, increasing the likelihood of falling trees and branches.

UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest universities canceled Friday classes because of the storm.

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