…WINTER STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR EASTERN NC WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON…
.A strong low pressure system will develop and move up the east
coast Wednesday into early Thursday. A combination of snow and
freezing rain will cause very hazardous conditions beginning
Wednesday afternoon, and peaking Wednesday night into Thursday
morning. Even if temperatures rise above freezing during the day
Wednesday, very cold ground temperatures due to this arctic
outbreak will allow any rain to immediately freeze on contact with
the ground. Precipitation will transition to mainly snow.3
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY TO 7 AM EST
* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Plan on difficult
travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches
and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch are
* WHERE…Martin, Pitt, Greene, Duplin, Lenoir and Onslow
* WHEN…From noon Wednesday to 7 AM EST Thursday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility at times.
A press release by Jacksonville Department of Public Safety is urging local citizens to:
1 Fill up windshield wiper fluid and make sure your wipers are in good shape.
2 Clean the headlights and ensure they work properly.
3 Properly inflate your tires and check the tread.
4 Check the car battery so you’re not stranded.
5 Put a flashlight, extra batteries, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, warm clothes and a blanket in the car just in case.
6 Throw a pair of sunglasses in the car for the intense sun-on-snow glare.
7 Fully charge your cell phone.
The Fire and Emergency Services of Jacksonville are urging people to not forget that cooking is the leading cause of fires in the winter.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, especially if you are planning to use wood or fuel-fires hearing, according to the press release.
Have flashlights, battery-operated lanterns,radios, fully-charged cell phones and non-perishable foods in the event of a power outage, the press release also states.
People are urged to not leave their homes unless it is absolutely necessary and is asked that you leave plenty of time to get to wherever you are going. Main roads are a must use in these conditions, reduce speed and double the normal distance between your car and the next.