The Charlotte region might see the first significant snowfall of the year as a winter weather storm is expected to blow across our state this weekend.
This morning, the National Weather Service sent out the following Hazardous Weather Alert to Iredell, Davie, Catawba, Rowan, Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Union counties:
A strong storm system may arrive from the west over the weekend. Snow accumulations will be possible Saturday into Sunday. All interests should closely monitor this system since impacts could be substantial, but are highly uncertain at present.
Weather Underground forecasts a low of 26°F on Saturday and 24°F on Sunday with about a 50% chance of snow throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning:
According to Ventusky, the storm will be blowing in from the South West and should start dumping the first possible snowflakes on Saturday evening at around 7pm:
If you moved here from Ohio or New York (like myself), you may be rolling your eyes, but if you’re from Florida or California, you might need to make some changes to prepare for the coming winter storm.
To prepare your car, top off all your fluids, especially your oil, power steering fluid, and antifreeze. You’ll also want to check your tires and make sure your air pressure is over 32 PSI.
To prepare your home, make sure to drain all fountains and exterior water fixtures. Always let at least one of your faucets drip to avoid freezing pipes. Consider buying a humidifier if you’re sensitive to dry air. If you have an older home with older windows, investing in some shrink film insulation will save you a ton on your heating bill.
To prepare yourself, buy some thermal gloves, a warm hat, and a winter jacket. If you’re going to spend any length of time outside, you may even want to consider buying an electric heating jacket.
If you have a pet – make sure to read our article about how to keep your furry friend warm!