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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared a state of emergency for all of North Carolina, warning people to avoid the wintry weather and stay home.

Perdue says the Highway Patrol had responded to more than 1,100 calls related to the storm by Monday afternoon.

Snow began falling overnight, and within a few hours stretched from Asheville to Wilmington. The bad weather is expected to last into Tuesday. Officials are particularly worried about the possibility of ice on top of the snow.

Across North Carolina, schools, roads and government offices are closed as officials warn people to stay home if possible. Besides safety concerns, they say trucks putting salt on the roads can do their job better when the streets are clear.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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