RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the state’s response leaders hosted another weather briefing regarding Sunday’s storm.

On Saturday, Cooper told North Carolina residents to plan to stay home and make sure they have groceries, medications, and other essentials like water, batteries, and pet food, that they will need for the next few days.

In the Outer Banks, High winds and low water have now forced the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route to suspend operations for Sunday. The Bayview-Aurora ferry route has also been suspended operations due to high winds on the Pamlico River.

For NCDOT Ferry Division’s full-day schedule, CLICK HERE.

“Travel conditions are expected to be treacherous for much of the state through Monday,” said NCDOT’s Chief Operating Officer Beau Memory. “Please stay home and don’t take the chance of driving, especially on icy or flooded roads.”

*Watch the full press conference in the player above.

NCDOT’s de-icing operations staff have been busy overnight through today. They have used more than 5,800 tons of salt and 550 tons of a salt/sand mixture and those numbers will continue to increase.

“Even after the storm passes, we ask North Carolinians to be patient as our crews and emergency responders do their important work to clear the roads,” State Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette said Sunday. “Everyone should avoid driving in these conditions. There’s no need to take any unnecessary risks.”

Cooper added State Highway Patrol advises staying off the roads in most parts of the state on Sunday and Monday if you can.

Go to ReadyNC.gov for guidelines on how to put together a family emergency kit. 
In the case you must drive, he says to check DriveNC.gov for updated information on road conditions and closures.

Shelters will be opened if necessary and he said 200 national guard soldiers have been activated to assist in storm response.