While some sleet could mix in later Sunday and keep snow totals lower, the weather service expected the heaviest snow to fall across northwest North Carolina into Southern Virginia.
That storm now has moved to the coast, just off the Carolinas, as wet snow is falling this morning in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.
The winter storm that was working its way across South Carolina Sunday plunged close to 100,000 power customers into darkness, according to the energy companies.
Emergency crews including state troopers and the National Guard worked overnight to clear traffic accidents on major roadways.
In the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, a tree fell on a vehicle, causing the auto to careen and crash into a church, police said.
Tervante Wilkerson trudges through blowing snow up Old NC 98 in Wake Forest, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
Winter storm warning issued for parts of Virginia
"Stay put if you can", Cooper urged Sunday.
The governor has declared a state of emergency, warning that half a million people could lose power if predictions of more than 20 inches of snowfall in some places come true.
The Charlotte airport said it expects scattered cancellations through Monday morning, with the majority expected to be of small, regional planes. Residents in Oak Park, North Carolina lost power after an electrical transformer exploded near their home. After that, it'll be dry and cold through Tuesday, he said. American Airlines and its regional partners canceled 225 flights Saturday, 1,100 for Sunday and 300 for Monday, American said in a news release.
Virginia State Police said I-81 in far southwest Virginia has been particularly risky, with snow coming down faster Sunday afternoon than crews could clear it.
The massive storm was also blamed for the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
Officials have warned residents to prepare emergency kits and staff off roads in impacted areas.
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