Major Winter Storm Bringing Heavy Winds, Icy Roads, and Possible Widespread Power Outages

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The National Weather Service has just issued a major winter storm warning for the greater Charlotte region.

* WHAT…For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy mixed precipitation
expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice
accumulations of around three tenths of an inch. For the
Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation expected. Total
snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of
around two tenths of an inch.

* WHEN…From 7 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Thursday.

* IMPACTS…Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the
ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

According to Weather Underground, the freezing rain will begin accumulating sometime around 1am tonight.

The National Weather Service notes that “a Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also
possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. Prepare for possible power outages.”

To prepare your car, top off all your fluids, especially your oilpower 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!

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