RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It's March, but winter has not given up in North Carolina.
School systems dismissed classes early Monday after the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the central and eastern parts of the state.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University canceled evening classes because of the approaching storm. The UNC men's basketball team was still scheduled to play its game against Notre Dame Monday evening.
Sleet and freezing rain was expected in the eastern part of the state and the northern Outer Banks beginning Monday afternoon. Up to a half inch of sleet also was possible in the central part of the state, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham and Raleigh.
Northeastern counties were expecting up to 2 inches of snow.
Maintenance crews in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties spread salt brine on all N.C. and U.S. routes throughout the region earlier today, as well as on major secondary roads.
Salt brine is a mix of salt and water used to prevent ice from forming and adhering to road surfaces.
Crews are on standby and ready to plow roads and spread salt and sand where necessary.
With temperatures forecasted to drop below freezing in some areas, NCDOT says their crews will be prepared to address any areas of black ice overnight and Tuesday morning.