As the current forecast shows the potential for snow to impact much of North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper is encouraging the public to prepare. Winter weather will start affecting the state as early as this evening in the mountains and Thursday afternoon into Friday morning outside of the mountains.
“Predictions are changing quickly, so I urge everyone to be prepared and continue to monitor their local forecast. Now is the time to prepare while the roads are drivable. If snow falls, roads and bridges can quickly become dangerous, so be careful,” said Gov. Cooper.
As of Wednesday afternoon, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of Western and Central NC through Friday morning where 1-3” of snow accumulations are possible. Additionally, a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for portions of northeast NC through Friday morning where 2-3” of snow accumulations are possible.
Meteorologists with the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management expect light snow showers to begin late Wednesday night in portions of the mountains. It is important to monitor local weather forecasts closely as the forecast becomes more refined in the coming hours. As rain develops across the state Thursday morning, a transition to snow is expected early Thursday afternoon from north to south. As a transition from rain to snow occurs, a wintry mix will be possible in some areas. Hazardous road conditions could impact the afternoon/evening commute Thursday as well as the morning commute Friday where higher snow accumulations occur. Saturated soils, accumulating snowfall and breezy conditions could lead to possible power outages.
State transportation crews are making advanced preparations today. Salt stocks, supplies and equipment, such as snowplows and salt spreaders, are ready to prepare and respond to snow and ice. Additionally, crew schedules are being adjusted to meet local needs, however, NCDOT crews will not begin pretreating the roads due to rain expected today and tomorrow morning.
Emergency Management and State Highway Patrol staff and partner agencies also are preparing for inclement weather by adjusting schedules and coordinating resources.
Gov. Cooper and officials from Emergency Management urge you to be ready for the storm with these tips:
- Keep enough non-perishable food in your home for 3 days.
- Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.
- Dress warmly. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.
- Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never burn charcoal or operate grills indoors.
- Monitor changing forecasts and weather conditions closely.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include ice scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.