The forecast of a possible mix of rain and snow coincides with the Winter Weather Preparation Week, and local officials now plan to address the possibility of slippery roads on Friday.
WBTV has considered Friday as the First Day Alert based on the current forecast.
"While there may be some wet spots for the daily commute in the morning, it seems that the intensity increases during the second half of the day – for most of us, it will be a cold rain." Said WBTV Lyndsay meteorologist Tapases "The question remains whether or not we see something wet snow mixed with rain, this will be the constant battle that always seems to be faced here between cold air and moisture that overlaps in such a way that it supports some snow. 3 of our main meteorological computer models seem to think that this is a possibility, while the third European model, sometimes more reliable, is not entirely convinced that the cold air reaches sufficiently south to withstand a snow profile " . [1
"We are monitoring the weather closely, we will not be able to effectively brine due to the rain that will come first," said Annette Privette Keller from the city of Kannapolis. "If there is ice or important accumulations, we will be ready but we do not anticipate any problems".
In Salisbury, officials are "checking equipment to make sure they are ready in case we need them, monitoring weather reports and preparation materials."
The forecast for Friday occurs when Governor Roy Cooper declared the Winter Weather Preparation Week from December 3 to 9, 2017 and is urging the people of North Carolina to plan, prepare and be prepared for the weather potentially dangerous winter in the coming months.
"North Carolina has seen its involvement in snow and ice storms in recent years and we have to be ready for the next," said Governor Cooper. "When winter starts, be sure to check your emergency plans, update your emergency supply kit and stay informed about weather forecasts."
Each year there are approximately six to 12 winter storms in Piedmont, 10 or more winter storms in the mountains and generally less than four winter storms that impact coastal counties.
"Many families are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and other disasters," explained state emergency management director Mike Sprayberry. "Emergency managers work daily with impacted communities to help them recover from these storms, but it is essential that we also prepare for any winter storm that may bring different hazards."
It is important to carefully control the changing weather conditions by carefully monitoring local media. When weather warnings are issued in winter, be prepared for possible power cuts or dangerous driving conditions. Remember: Winter Storm Surveillance means that severe winter conditions are expected within 24-48 hours, while a Winter Storm Warning indicates that dangerous snow and / or ice accumulation is likely within 24 hours. Warnings indicate that winter weather conditions are expected to cause delays and problems within 24 hours.
To prepare for the winter weather, North Carolina Emergency Management officials urge you to:
Always maintain at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home.
Have new batteries available for radios and weather flashlights.
Dress warm for the cold. Use several layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of heavy clothing.
Properly ventilate kerosene heaters and keep electrical generators off and away from windows or open doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not burn coal inside.
Have alternative sources of heat and extinguishers at hand. Make sure your family knows how to use them.
Save an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, towing chain, sand / salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.
If you must travel, emergency officials remind motorists to drive safely. Leave enough space between you and other vehicles and, if driving in the snow or on roads covered with ice, slow down. If conditions worsen, be sure to get off the road and stay in your vehicle. Do not go on foot unless you can see a building near where you can take shelter.
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