After several days of sunshine and 60+ degree weather, winter is coming once again to the Charlotte region with freezing temperatures and possible snowfall on Thursday.
The National Weather Service just sent out the following alert for the Charlotte region:
Snow is possible on Thursday, perhaps mixing with rain at times. Light snow accumulations will be possible, especially at the higher elevations.
The NWS is currently predicting a 14% chance of Charlotte and a 40% chance of Asheville seeing snowfall this coming Thursday.
Even if we don’t see any snow, we will be experiencing some arctic-like temperatures on Friday morning, with real temperatures expected to be around 25 degrees and the wind chill expected to dip below 20.
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!