RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The number of power outages in central North Carolina are in the thousands Sunday as snow turned to freezing rain.

Duke Energy reports nearly 50,000 customers without power in North Carolina at 7:30 p.m., which is down from 90,000 customers at 5 p.m.

At 11:30 a.m., the utility said 31,000 customers were without power. Outages increased to 46,000 at 12:20 p.m. By 2 p.m. there were 70,000 outages.

Duke Energy said it has more than 11,000 workers ready to respond to the outages. Those workers include power line technicians, damage assessors and vegetation workers.

“Our crews are ready to begin power restoration as soon as weather conditions safely allow, but ongoing hazardous weather and dangerous road conditions initially will slow our ability to assess damage, make repairs and estimate power restoration times,” said Jason Hollifield, Duke Energy Carolinas storm director.

The bulk of outages in the CBS 17 viewing area are in the Sandhills with at least 13,000 outages in the Moore County area around Aberdeen and east of Whispering Pines.

Earlier Sunday, the Triangle also has an increasing number of outages with about 6,000 outages in Wake County. The number for Wake County had dipped to around 4,000 by 7:30 p.m.

Temperatures are forecast to reach above freezing Sunday afternoon and then rain will fall for the rest of the day.