Charlotte might see its first official snowfall of the season tonight as precipitation is likely and temperatures could dip below the freezing mark in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service has now issued the following winter weather advisory for the Charlotte region:
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Freezing rain is expected, mixed with snow and sleet at times early in the morning. Total snow accumulations less than one inch and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon EST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.
According to Weather Underground, we will see the highest chance of freezing rain and icy conditions from 5am-8am tomorrow 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!