CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina officials are bracing different types of weather for the first work week of 2022, including snow for the mountains.
Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to stay aware of the local weather forecast and prepare for the conditions expected in your area. The Charlotte area is expected to see rainfall while the mountains and higher elevations could see snowfall.
“It’s important to stay informed of changing weather conditions, and to have a way to receive weather alerts,” Governor Cooper said in a news release emailed to WCNC Charlotte. “A little preparation before severe or winter weather arrives can help avoid inconveniences and emergencies later.”
State officials are reminding people in North Carolina to follow these tips during winter weather:
- Stock adequate supplies of heating fuel (propane, oil, firewood).
- Bring pets inside during winter weather.
- Try not to travel. If travel is needed, keep a winter emergency supplies kit in your vehicle:
- Ice scraper/ snow brush. Clear your car completely before driving.
- Sand or salt for improved traction if you get stuck.
- Snow shovel.
- Enough clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
- Snacks and water.
- Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little. Running water, even at a trickle, helps keep pipes from freezing.
- Learn how to shut off your home’s main water valves in case a pipe bursts.
With the pending weather, Carowinds announced it would close early on Sunday. StarMed Healthcare also announced some testing sites will be postponed on Monday, Jan. 3, due to the weather.
Avery County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Director Paul Buchanan told WCNC Charlotte Sunday evening the county has been coordinating with the state and that officials will be ready to help when needed.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is also offering advice for people heading into Monday.
With coastal flooding also expected in North Carolina, state officials are wanting everyone in the state to be prepared for any type of weather situation by following these examples.
- Stay tuned to your local weather forecast.
- Have a way to receive weather alerts, by downloading a weather app on your phone, or using a NOAA Weather Alert Radio.
- Keep your family emergency kit stocked and ready. Visit ReadyNC.gov for instructions on assembling a kit if you do not have one.
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