RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina officials say about 1 million people are expected to travel to and through the state for the eclipse.

Seven counties in the far western part of the state are in the path of totality and expect lots of traffic.

The transportation department has placed 42 new message boards, three new cameras, and four additional safety patrol trucks in the mountains area. It also suspended maintenance work in most mountain counties.

DOT advised drivers to treat Monday almost like a snow day. Road conditions will be fine, but the department says “unprecedented,” especially Monday afternoon and evening, will make it difficult to run errands or commute to and from work.

The agency’s new release advises residents to try to stay off the roads Monday.

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