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How to stay warm during this weekend’s cold blast

CHARLOTTE — A winter storm that is moving into the Carolinas will bring cold temperatures and rain to the Charlotte area throughout the weekend, while the mountains will see heavy snow in some parts.

As temperatures dip below freezing, state officials are encouraging residents to stay warm.

“Parts of Western North Carolina may experience intense winter weather from the upcoming storm,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “North Carolinians should prepare by making sure they have any necessary medications, food, and emergency equipment.”

North Carolina Emergency Management released tips on social media for how to stay warm. They say you should make a family communications plan, restock your emergency kits, bring pets inside, and use charcoal grills and generators outside only, as fumes can be deadly.

The higher mountain areas can expect six to eight inches of snow through Sunday. Lower elevations will get around two to four inches. A winter storm watch was issued from Saturday evening through Sunday evening for Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, and Watauga counties.

The town of Boone sent a reminder to residents about downtown snow removal procedures.

“We ask that you please take note of the red and white “Emergency Snow Route” signs that are placed throughout downtown. Cars remaining in these areas during the times designated on the signage will be towed,” the town said in a statement.

The bulk of snow removal will take place overnight in Boone.

The Charlotte area will mostly see cold temperatures and rain, which can make for hazardous driving. Temperatures just won’t be cold enough to make it snow, according to Channel 9′s Keith Monday. He says there will be colder air aloft in the atmosphere, but temperatures will remain above freezing on the ground. Any snow that falls will melt as it falls. No accumulation is expected.

The Charlotte area will also see plenty of wind. Gusty northeast winds between 30 mph and 40 mph can be expected late Saturday into early Sunday.

You can keep up with this weekend’s weather storm through the Channel 9 interactive radar by clicking here.

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