A winter weather advisory has been issued for all of eastern Carolina except Carteret, Onslow, and Duplin counties through 4am Friday. Light freezing rain and sleet will be possible.
Tourism increased in western North Carolina's national parks last year, despite high gas prices that hovered around three dollars a gallon.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw its largest increase in tourism in five years.
The Smokies reported a two percent increase in the number of visitors in 2006, to nine-point-four (M) million people. Visitation to the park peaked in 2000 with ten (M) million visitors a year.
The Blue Ridge Parkway reported a 6 percent increase in visitors with 21 million visitors.
Officials say tourism attractions in surrounding communities and the region's proximity to metropolitan areas kept numbers high.