COOPER: Second person dies from winter storm in state

RALEIGH, NC (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper says a second person has died as a result of this weekend's winter storm.

An 85-year-old Surry County man died earlier today from prolonged exposure to the cold. The governor said the man fell outside his home.

On Sunday, a woman died in Montgomery County when the car she was riding in hit ice and slid off the road and struck a tree.

Cooper says travel conditions across the state have gotten much better. He said a State of Emergency will expire at noon on Tuesday as temperatures are expected to be well above freezing.

During the peak of the storm, some 30,000 homes were without power. By Monday that number had dropped to about 1,600.

The Highway Patrol said they responded to 1,650 accidents across the state since Friday evening.


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The weekend snow storm has claimed at least one life in North Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper says a vehicle slid off an icy Interstate 74 south of Asheboro in Montgomery County Sunday morning, killing one person and seriously injuring two others.

It is the fourth death from the storm in the U.S., all in vehicle wrecks.

State highway workers continue to clear roads, but they say some major highways remain troublesome. Interstate 95, from Rocky Mount to the Virginia state line, is particularly hazardous with isolated icy spots.

Cooper says for the most part, residents have been staying off roads, but warns drives to be careful of black ice as temperature dip back down into the teens overnight.

The governor says utility crews continue to get power restored, with the number of homes without power down to 2,640 in 37 counties.