However, that number is expected to rise throughout and Monday, with the potential for hundreds of flights to be canceled.
For Halifax County, snow may begin falling around 6 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service said that more than a foot of snow is possible from North Carolina into south-central Virginia. Raleigh, the state capital, faced an uncertain mix of sleet and freezing rain, the National Weather Service said.
The storm already has knocked out power for more than 216,500 customers in the southeastern US. Power companies are forecasting massive storm-related power outages, and airlines have preemptively canceled flights. Another 100,000 have lost power in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
The Charlotte airport said it expects cancellations through Monday morning, mostly involving small, regional planes.
Thousands of flights have been cancelled as a result of the storm, with American Airlines Sunday saying it had cancelled 1,100 Sunday flights in addition to the 250 cancelled Saturday.
"Roads are slick and driving is not something you want to attempt this morning", the Durham County Sheriff's Office said.
While the cold air is uncomfortable, it is the same air mass that is preventing the major snowstorm from traveling up the coast and causing major impact to I-95 cities.
North Carolina authorities declared a statewide emergency. Winter storm warning in effect until midnight Tonight. "It's serious, and you need to take steps now to get your family ready".
Very heavy snow is forecast for the Appalachian Mountains, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said, with Asheville, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, predicted to get 12-18 inches.
"Ice is becoming a big problem".
Transportation officials in areas of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia experiencing significant snowfall were urging residents to stay off the roads. And many hardware stores sold out of ice melt.
As heavy snow and ice weigh down branches and cause trees to fall, power lines could fall, too, causing power outages.
Snow totals will be lower in northeastern Arkansas and northwestern Tennessee, where a trace to 1 inch of snow is possible. A half an hour later, the Greenville County Emergency Management's Twitter page said that 14,189 customers were without power.
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