Forecasters say a storm system will sweep over North Carolina tonight bringing heavy rain and high winds to some areas and even snow to some mountain counties.
Forecasters say tornado watches may be issued in some areas as well as the system whips through North Carolina.
A flood watch was issued for counties in the central portion of the state from midnight to 6 a.m. because of the possibility of two to three inches of rainfall.
A gale warning was up for most of the coastal waters. The Coast Guard urged anyone who must head out of port to wear life jackets, have a working radio and file a travel plan and list who is aboard their vessel.
In some mountain counties the weather service says to expect three to five inches of snow and has issued a winter storm warning for Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties.