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Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
907 AM EST WED DEC 3 2014

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    WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA
           NOVEMBER 30 THROUGH DECEMBER 6, 2014
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THIS WEEK HAS BEEN DECLARED WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NORTH
CAROLINA. ALL WEEK LONG THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL BE ISSUING
INFORMATIVE MESSAGES TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER.

EACH DAY WE WILL COVER A DIFFERENT TOPIC. TODAY WE WILL TALK ABOUT
SNOW STATISTICS FOR THE AREA AND THE HAZARDS CREATED BY SNOW.

A LITTLE AMOUNT OF SNOW CAN ADVERSELY IMPACT THE AREA IN VERY LITTLE
TIME. THE AVERAGE SEASONAL SNOWFALL RANGES FROM 4 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS
MARTIN, PITT, AND GREENE COUNTIES TO LESS THAN 2 INCHES ACROSS THE
OUTER BANKS. MAJOR WINTER STORMS HAVE OCCURRED IN EASTERN NORTH
CAROLINA WITH EACH STORM DEPOSITING 8 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW. THE
WINTER STORM THAT OCCURRED IN EARLY DECEMBER OF 2000 DUMPED 8 TO
12 INCHES OF SNOW OVER PARTS OF MARTIN, PITT, AND GREENE COUNTIES.
IN EARLY JANUARY OF 2002, PARTS OF LENOIR, DUPLIN, GREENE, PITT,
AND MARTIN COUNTIES RECEIVED UP TO 9 INCHES OF SNOW. IN EARLY
JANUARY OF 2003, PORTIONS OF THE OUTER BANKS RECEIVED UP TO 12
INCHES OF SNOW WITH DRIFTS OF UP TO 4 FEET. MAINLAND DARE, MAINLAND
HYDE, AND DOWNEAST CARTERET COUNTY RECEIVED 8 INCHES OF SNOW. IN
2011 A COASTAL STORM DUMPED OVER 8 INCHES OF HEAVY SNOW ACROSS
COASTAL SECTIONS OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA RESULTING IN POWER
OUTAGES AND FALLEN TREES.

HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS CAN BRING DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES. IN
RURAL AREAS, HEAVY SNOW CAN ISOLATE HOMES FOR DAYS. DRIVING IN
SNOW CAN BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS. ABOUT SEVENTY PERCENT OF ALL WINTER
RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES WHEN CARS SLIDE ON SLIPPERY
ROADS CAUSING ACCIDENTS. WHEN SNOW FALLS AND ROADWAYS BECOME
DANGEROUS YOU SHOULD ONLY TRAVEL WHEN NECESSARY.

PREPARING FOR SNOW BEFORE IT FALLS IS BEST. WHEN SNOW IS IN THE
FORECAST AND IT LOOKS AS THOUGH CONDITIONS WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS,
MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE ENOUGH FOOD AND MEDICINE AT YOUR HOUSE TO
LAST SEVERAL DAYS. ALSO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS ENOUGH FUEL FOR
ALTERNATIVE HEAT SOURCES SUCH AS FIREPLACES AND HEATERS. IT IS ALSO
HELPFUL TO HAVE A FULL TANK OF GAS IN YOUR CAR.

BEING PREPARED ALSO MEANS HAVING THE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO MAKE
THE RIGHT DECISIONS. THE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ISSUES WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES WHEN 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW
ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. WHEN 3 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IS FORECAST
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES WINTER STORM WATCHES AND
WARNINGS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. THESE WATCHES AND WARNINGS
ARE ISSUED AS MUCH AS 36 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE SNOW TO ALLOW THE
COMMUNITY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PREPARE AND PLAN FOR THE WINTER
WEATHER.

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