TRACKING: Winter storm coming to eastern NC; bitter cold heads to Carolinas

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper has signed a state of emergency ahead of the second winter storm to move through the state in a week.

Snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice are expected to cause significant winter impacts in central and eastern regions of the state.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster also signed a state of emergency in preparation for the upcoming weather event.

McMaster said in a tweet: “South Carolina is expected to experience winter storm weather again this week. Those in potentially impacted areas should begin safety preparations now. Please check your local forecasts and stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary once the storm begins.”

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  • Our Severe Weather Center 9 team of meteorologists is tracking when rain will change to snow overnight and through Friday in some parts of the Charlotte area.
  • Temps are dropping below freezing Friday morning and after Thursday’s rain, some areas could be icy.
  • Most of the day Friday is all about the cold.
  • Temps struggle to get above freezing all day long and by the evening, some light snow will form. The best chance for that to accumulate will be well east of Charlotte.
  • About 1 to 3 inches at most for areas from Albemarle to Wadesboro, to Chesterfield and Rockingham Friday night. Up to a half inch is possible around Charlotte and all this will wind down after midnight.
  • Temps crash to the upper teens overnight and highs just warm to the upper 30s on Saturday, even with sunshine.

The upcoming storm is expected to bring several inches of snowfall from the Triangle northeast toward the coast and up to a half-inch of ice accumulation to southeastern counties. Widespread power outages begin when about a quarter-inch of ice accumulates on power lines.

To prepare for this storm and possible power outages, North Carolina and South Carolina Emergency Management advise people to:

  • Get the groceries and essentials you need before Thursday evening. Travel will become hazardous in many parts of eastern North Carolina after that.
  • Keep cell phones, mobile devices and spare batteries charged in case your power goes out
  • 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 ensure generators are operated outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors or use a gas grill indoors.
  • Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio or a weather alert app on your phone to receive emergency weather alerts.
  • Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first-aid kit and road map.
  • Gather emergency supplies for your pet including leash and feeding supplies, enough food and for several days and pet travel carrier.
  • Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time during freezing weather.

Visit ReadyNC.gov for additional information on winter weather preparation, as well as information on power outages. Visit DriveNC.gov for current travel conditions from NCDOT.

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