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N.C travel comes to a halt and hotels fill up as snow and ice arrive

Drivers stuck on roads in Raleigh, N.C.
Drivers stuck on roads in Raleigh, N.C.
Ron Wen

Travel in N.C. has come to a halt as the the entire state experiences snow and ice. Flights out of RDU International Airport are cancelled and hotels rooms are going quickly as travelers prepare for a massive winter storm which could cause widespread power outages for days.

As of 3:00 p.m., traffic throughout Raleigh was at a gridlock as residents worked to get home. Emergency Management personnel are advising people to stay home or in their offices instead of getting on the roads. Today's storm moved in quickly, and people all left at once to get home.

Raleigh resident Ron Wen was one of those residents trying to get home from his office in Cary, N.C. He was stuck on I-440 near Cary for hours. He says it took him 2 hours to go just 8 miles.

It could be a long night for residents and dangerous. "The wind chill in Raleigh is 12 degrees, making it very dangerous for drivers who are trapped in their cars" reports WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Area hotels are also filling up as some residents think a hotel would be a better place to ride out an ice storm than at a home.

The Carolina Inn, a luxury hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C. is currently full, and have a waiting list for rooms. The luxury hotel, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, are undergoing preps for a busy few days, too. "We are definitely undergoing lots of preparations to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable!" stated Darah Whyte, Marketing Director for the hotel.

Video on WRAL-TV show cars gridlocked on South McDowell Street going into Downtown Raleigh.

Snow is expected to fall throughout the day on Wednesday.