News Live updates: Road conditions deteriorating as snow, ice ramp up in North Carolina•A major, travel-disrupting storm is unleashing snow and ice from Arkansas to North Carolina.AccuWeather meteorologists say the heaviest snowfall with this storm is expected from the southern Appalachians into the western Piedmont of North Carolina and southern Virginia. Snowfall amounts of 12-18 inches are expected, especially in the mountains of North Carolina with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 24 inches.Travel will likely be completely halted in these regions until roads have been cleared.Even though the worst of the storm will have passed by Monday, schools may be closed early this week due to poor road conditions. Download the free AccuWeather app to know when the rain and snow will start in your area.11:55 p.m. EST SaturdayAs snow ramps up in western North Carolina, sleet and freezing rain continue to lead to treacherous travel across north-central Arkansas and western Tennessee.Little Rock, Arkansas, has switched over to freezing rain in the past hour, potentially leading to slick spots developing on the roadways. Travel is becoming hazardous across northern sections of the Mid-South. Reports that a tractor trailer jack knifed at mile marker 18 on I-55 in Pemiscot County. #mowx #arwx #tnw— NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) December 9, 201811:15 p.m. EST Saturday As much as 5-7 inches of snow has already fallen in southwestern portions of North Carolina as a major storm ramps up.The snow is leading to deteriorating road conditions, including as far south as Greenville, South Carolina. View image on Twitter
Snow conditions in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. (Image via MrandMrsBS1)6:40 p.m. EST SaturdayDuke Energy has positioned crews around the Asheville, North Carolina, area in preparation for the storm. Asheville may receive a foot or more of snow12:30 a.m. EST Thursday:The city of Asheville, North Carolina, is readying supplies and plow trucks ahead of the looming storm.
City of Asheville@CityofAsheville #Asheville Public Works has 32 trucks to deploy, including snow plows and salt/brine spreaders. The City has 4,0000 tons of salt in supply.Starting Friday morning, Public Works will begin pre-treating roads. More info: https://bit.ly/2KYhj1o #AvlNews #avlsnOMG
The male sea lion, which was often seen around the Point Reyes National Seashore area, was found by park visitors. “Markings on the sea lion allowed our marine mammal stranding network partner, the California Academy of Sciences, to identify the male sea lion,” the park said in a Facebook post. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service researchers “reported that he had been consistently seen around the island since he was born. Injuries to the sea lion were consistent with gunshot wounds.”Under federal law, it is illegal to kill or harm sea lions and those found guilty of doing so face up to a year’s imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine. Yet despite this, some fishermen are increasingly using lethal force on the mammals to eliminate their competition to fish. Late last month, NOAA announced an investigation into the shooting deaths of six sea lions along the Washington state coast.
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