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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Freezing rain and sleet have closed schools and caused hundreds of wrecks across North Carolina.

The icy weather snarled traffic across much of western and central North Carolina. The Department of Transportation reported traffic moving under 30 mph on much of Interstate 40 from Winston-Salem to Raleigh and Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Durham.

Charlotte Police were responding to dozens of calls of cars overturned as the heaviest freezing rain moved through around 3 p.m.

The storm has caused no deaths, and only scattered power outages have been reported.

The heaviest freezing rain and sleet should move into the eastern part of the state by sunset. All but eight counties in the southeast corner of the state are under some kind of winter weather advisory or warning.

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