NC weather forecast: Winter storm moves out of North Carolina, strong wind and refreezing expected

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The winter storm that slammed North Carolina on Sunday has moved out of the area, leaving behind a freeze and gusty winds.

ABC11 Meteorologists Kweilyn Murphy and Steve Stewart started our real-time team coverage on ABC11 and in the above video player at 5 a.m. Chief Meteorologist Don Schwenneker and Meteorologist Robert Johnson arrived at 2 p.m. to relieve them. Likewise, ABC11 crews went out in the storm all day to bring you constant updates on conditions all across central North Carolina.

The storm got off to a slower-than-expected start due to drier air in the atmosphere, but by daybreak snow, sleet and freezing rain was falling throughout the ABC11 viewing area.

By noon, ice and snow had accumulated in neighborhoods all across the Triangle and surrounding areas. Plus, warmer weather was pushing north from the Sandhills, transitioning the wintry mix into rain.

That progression of wintry mix and rain pushed north and out of the region not long after supper.

As the storm moves out of the area stronger winds will settle in. Wind gusts clocked at around 30 miles per hour could continue overnight into Monday morning.

The ice accumulation combined with the gusting winds could prove dangerous for trees and power lines.

Temperatures will dip back into the 20s overnight, meaning some areas could refreeze. ABC11 will live weather coverage will resume at 4 a.m. Monday.

Gov. Roy Cooper said the winter weather conditions caused more than 200 crashes and tens of thousands of power outages in North Carolina. The majority of the power outages are located in the Sandhills and the western part of the state.

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