GREENSBORO, N.C. — A winter storm has barreled its way through Central Piedmont this Sunday bringing waves of messy weather to the area. A blanket of white is what most people woke up to early Sunday morning which quickly turned to ice pellets by mid-morning. The storm isn't over yet. As this low-pressure system tracks northeast, we will see more unwelcomed weather impacts that could lead to power outages and dangerous road conditions.
Winds have been fairly gusty at times through Sunday afternoon. Wind gusts have peaked at 31 mph at PTI as of 1 p.m., but the forecast calls for wind gusts as high as 45 mph at times through Sunday night. Although this system is expected to quickly head to the northeast, winds will pick back up once again in the wee hours of your Monday morning. These strong winds are the biggest threat to power lines-- whether directly snapping a line or sending a tree toppling over and landing on an overhead powerline. So, charge your devices now. If you haven't taken a power hit by 8 p.m., you are more likely to be in the clear from any hits.
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Roads are the messiest part of the weather impacts. The ugly mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain could lead to a slushy, frozen mixed bag of roadways. Side streets and neighborhoods that are not cleared as quickly will have the greatest likelihood of slippery road conditions. Those conditions could lead to drivers having difficulty gaining traction and swerving or not easily braking.
Although this system will be out of the picture Monday morning, with temperatures remaining below or around freezing, we could see some melting during the day in sunspots with re-freezing happening overnight. Re-freezing will help to blanket roads with ice and make for continued difficult driving conditions for days well into the mid-week.
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