Freezing rain is one of the components of Wednesday's weather that could have the most serious impact on people because of power outages.
Generally, a quarter-inch of ice accumulation and higher can lead to power outages. A quarter-inch of ice adds 500 pounds of weight to a power line.
Isolated power outages possible in inland counties in Eastern Carolina Wednesday afternoon and evening, though the threat is much greater along I-95 and points west. People traveling to Raleigh from Eastern Carolina could run into icy roads.
One way to stay informed during power outages is using the free WITN app for your smartphone or tablet. Another free app is Syncbak, which allows you to watch WITN newscasts anytime from your smartphone or tablet. For more information on Syncbak, click here.