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Icy weather closes schools, causes hundreds of wrecks in NC, Tennessee, Kentucky

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    Debbie Dukes scrapes the ice off her daughter's sport utility vehicle Friday morning, Jan. 25, 2013 in Owensboro, Ky. Wide swaths of Kentucky were glazed with ice early Friday that caused numerous wrecks, including a 10-vehicle pileup and a Greyhound bus that slid off a slick interstate. (AP Photo/The Messenger-Inquirer, John Dunham) (The Associated Press)

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    Choco the llama is adorned with ice while peering from a pasture Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. The llama belongs to veterinarian Trish Harrop who says Choco's thick coat insulates him from the cold. Tennessee has declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure to get emergency operations under way as the eastern portion of the state continues to see significant icing. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, J. Miles Cary) (The Associated Press)

Freezing rain and sleet have closed schools and offices and caused hundreds of wrecks across North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The icy weather snarled traffic across much of western and central North Carolina. The Department of Transportation reported traffic moving under 30 mph on much of Interstate 40 from Winston-Salem to Raleigh and Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Durham.

Charlotte Police were responding to dozens of calls of cars overturned as the heaviest freezing rain moved through.

The storm has caused no deaths, and only scattered power outages have been reported.

Tennessee had declared a state of emergency as a precaution and the eastern part of the state is seeing significant icing.

An ice storm warning was issued from the Smoky Mountains, northward through Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and well into Kentucky.