Just 1 week into the new year, the Charlotte region will likely see its first official snowfall of 2021.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the flakes will begin to fall on Thursday night and last into Friday morning.
This week’s NWS forecast for Charlotte specifically states:
A chance of rain after 8pm, mixing with snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
According to Ventusky, the northern sections of the Charlotte Region, including most of Lake Norman, could see up to 1 inch of snowfall by 10am on Friday morning:
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 temperatures.
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!