CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory and Governor Nikki Haley have both declared a state of emergency in North Carolina and South Carolina because of winter weather.

I have signed a state of emergency declaration for all of North Carolina. This allows us to mobilize resources to respond to the storm, and it's the first step in seeking federal funds to cover the cost of providing emergency services, clearing debris, and repairing any damaged roads or bridges, Governor McCrory said.

Up to 5 inches of snow could fall in parts of North Carolina like Rockingham. The storm is forecast to bring as much as 6 inches of snow to some areas of South Carolina.

Charlotte city leaders also held a news conference to talk about the weather conditions. They say the best thing to do it to learn from the past when it comes to snow. Mayor Cannon said people should go home and stay home if possible.

The state of emergency in South Carolina put the National Guard on active duty to support state agencies. The guard has wrecker teams and four-wheel drive vehicles that can be used in the storm response.

The order also means the state's Emergency Operations Center is being activated.

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