RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Winter weather is heading into North Carolina again.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the state from Tuesday into Thursday.

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he signed an emergency declaration, freeing state resources to react as needed.

Snowfall is expected to range from about 2 inches on the southern Outer Banks to 8 inches or more in the western mountains. Light snow was reported early Tuesday in Boone and Monroe, as well as Cherry Point, Hatteras and New Bern on the coast.

School districts in largely rural areas like Scotland and Robeson Counties stayed closed Tuesday while others including Moore and Edgecombe counties decided to close by midday.

Forecasters warned a coming mixture of sleet and freezing rain could bring down power lines.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley has again declared a state of emergency as another winter storm brings snow, sleet and freezing rain into South Carolina.

The storm is forecast to bring as much as 8 inches of snow to some areas of the state and up to an inch of ice in other areas.

The state of emergency took effect at noon Tuesday and 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 puts into effect anti-price gouging laws and allows the governor to take whatever other steps are needed to protect residents.

Haley issued a second executive order waiving weight limitations for trucks transporting emergency materials, equipment and supplies.

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