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A layer of ice and a blanket of snow has covered coastal areas stretching from South Carolina to Virginia. The winter weather system that entered the region on Friday brought colder temperatures and precipitation not often seen in the region. The storm had mostly blown off the Atlantic Coast by 7 a.m. Saturday. Meteorologists said it left as much as six inches of snow in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. There was up to a half inch of ice in parts of coastal North Carolina that are further south. The ice accumulation also stretched along much of the South Carolina coast in smaller amounts. Charleston got less than a 10th of an inch of ice.
Salt spreader trucks crisscrossed coastal roads as courthouses and schools closed Friday to prepare for a snow and ice storm expected to snarl parts of the Carolinas and Virginia unaccustomed to winter precipitation. Authorities along a stretch of the North and South Carolina coast warned that ice accumulation could cause major power outages, while areas northeast of there stretching into Virginia could see several inches of snow.