Snow falls across coastal North Carolina, Virginia

Umbrellas are out in downtown Norfolk, Va., as a snow rain mix begins to fall Thursday afternoon, Feb. 20, 2020. Parts of Chesapeake could get 4 or 5 inches, while Norfolk is forecast to get 3 or 4 inches. Farther north, on the Peninsula, the predicted amounts have slightly decreased to 1 or 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Snow was falling Thursday across North Carolina and Virginia, including in coastal areas that rarely see snow.

Gov. Roy Cooper said parts of northeastern North Carolina will see the most precipitation in the state, with as much as 3-6 inches (7.5-15 centimeters). He issued a warning that, “Whiteout conditions are possible along the coast due to heavy snow and gusty winds."

"The state is getting ready, and everyone else should too,” Cooper said, adding that “it’s going to get colder and this winter storm will affect most parts of North Carolina.”

Early in-person voting sites in dozens of North Carolina's 100 counties closed early on Thursday. Many voting sites were expected to have limited hours or to be closed on Friday, according to the State Board of Elections. Early voting for the March 3 primary ends Feb. 29.

In Virginia, the National Weather Service reported that snow was sticking in places like Suffolk near the coast. The weather service said in tweets that much of southeast Virginia looks “like a winter wonderland,” but also cautioned that driving could be dangerous.