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Rescuers go car-to-car on snowy NC highway

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RALEIGH — More than 100,000 customers lost electric power in a rare March snowstorm that blanketed most of North Carolina and forced rescuers to go car-to-car in one county after
traffic stalled.

The National Weather Service said Monday morning the snow had mostly stopped. Snowfall totaled from a foot in the mountains to an inch east of Interstate 95.

Troopers and Red Cross volunteers checked miles of cars on southbound I-85 in Gaston County late Sunday to be sure motorists were safe. Patrol Capt. Everett Clendenin said a few people were taken for treatment, but most just received hot beverages and food.

The backup was caused by a wreck in South Carolina. Clendenin said traffic was backed up about 15 miles.

Schools were closed or delayed in many counties.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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More than 100,000 customers lost electric power in a rare March snowstorm that blanketed most of North Carolina and forced rescuers to go car-to-car in one county after
traffic stalled.

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