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Storm expected to bring rain, no snow, this weekend

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Snow is most likely a no go this weekend in Bladen County. Rain, however, is expected.

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to three inches of rain in areas of Bladen County this weekend as a low pressure develops along the Gulf Coast on Saturday morning as high pressure builds down from the north. The potent storm system will track up the southeast coast through Sunday, lifting off to the northeast on Monday.

The main impacts of the storm will be felt in Bladen County between Saturday afternoon and early Monday, according to the service’s Wilmington office.

All of the wintry weather should remain north and west of Bladen County and the Wilmington forecast area, although it’s possible for a non-significant amount of snow or sleet to mix in with the rain in some parts of Robeson County very early Sunday morning. No accumulation is expected. The storm may bring wind gusts up to 30 mph.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday for all 100 counties in North Carolina ahead of the winter storm. Parts of the state are forecast to get up to 18 inches of snow and ice over the weekend. Nearly all of the state is expected to feel some sort of impact from the storm.

“North Carolina is gearing up for a major winter storm and we’re taking all steps necessary to have the resources we need in place to respond,” Cooper said. “Snow may be beautiful but it can also be treacherous and I urge North Carolinians to take this storm seriously and get ready for it now.”

By declaring a state of emergency, it allows for movement of any resources needed to respond to the storm. It also activates state law against price gouging. North Carolinians can report potential price gouging to the Attorney General by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or online at ncdoj.gov.