NC, SC digging out from rare white Christmas

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Carolinas residents who battled a rare blanket of Christmas snow may be waking up to black ice on roadways.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning was in effect until noon Monday in portions of the North Carolina mountains, with more snow possible along the Blue Ridge.

In North and South Carolina, forecasters warned motorists to watch out for invisible patches of black ice on elevated roadways and bridges. But those icy patches could disappear as temperatures heat up throughout the day.

Thousands of Carolinas residents were still without power after the storm. Duke Energy reported 2,800 in both states, with nearly 1,300 of those in Cherokee County, S.C. About 12,000 Progress Energy customers in North Carolina were without power Monday morning.

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