A massive developing coastal low pressure zone is about to interact with a cold and
dry air mass across western North Carolina tonight and tomorrow morning, creating the possibility for ice on the roads, according to the National Weather Service.
They sent out the following alert for the Charlotte region and Western North Carolina;
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST FRIDAY... * WHAT...Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch. * WHERE...Portions of piedmont and western North Carolina. This includes areas along and east of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, the I-40 corridor, and the northernmost Charlotte suburbs. * WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to noon EST Friday. * IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. Tree branches and power lines will sag, and isolated power outages could result.
Rain is now predicted to start around 9 pm tonight and will turn to freezing rain at around 2 am. Currently the low tonight is expected to drop down to 31 degrees around the Charlotte region.
We should see temperatures rise above freezing by 8 am tomorrow morning, with highs rising into the high 40s by midday.
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!