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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
514 AM EST Fri Dec 8 2017

...WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA
DECEMBER 3-9, 2017...

This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in
North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be
issuing Informative messages to help you prepare for winter
weather. Today we will talk about snow.

Citizen scientists wishing to report snow and rainfall amounts are
encouraged to join the community collaborative rain, hail and snow
network. Daily reports are sent via the internet and used by the
National Weather Service and other agencies daily. To explore
becoming an observer, please visit http://www.cocorahs.org.

Just a small amount of snow can adversely impact central North
Carolina in a very short time. On average the coastal plain gets
about 4 inches of snow per year. However, the last several winters
many areas have seen below normal snowfall. Due to the lack of
recent experience responding to and coping with a winter storm the
next big snow and ice fall could catch many residents off guard.
It is best to plan now for winter storms this season.

Based on climatology most snow events in eastern North Carolina
occur between 5 am and 2 pm. This is of course the critical time
for school buses and commuting motorists. The timing of snow and
ice is of particular concern since most winter storm deaths are
the result of automobile accidents.

Heavy wet snow accumulations combined with wind can bring down
trees and power lines. In rural areas, heavy snow can isolate
people in their homes for days. Driving in snow can become very
hazardous the very moment snow starts to stick to the road. About
seventy percent of all winter related deaths occur in automobiles
when cars slide on slippery roads causing accidents. With this in
mind, when snow falls and roadways become dangerous you should
only travel when absolutely necessary. Staying off the road during
snow and ice also allows department of transportation crews time
to clear and treat roads surfaces.

In many cases road conditions worsen the night following the
snowfall. This occurs when low temperatures at night fall well
below freezing allowing the snow on the road surface to freeze
into ice. In these cases the road surfaces actually become more
dangerous a night or two following the winter storm. These icy
roads can also make morning commutes to schools and businesses
very dangerous.

Preparing for the next winter storm before it happens is best.
When snow is in the forecast...make sure that you have enough food
and medicine at your house to last several days. Also make sure
there is enough fuel for alternative heat sources such as
fireplaces (wood or gas) and heaters. It is also helpful to have a
full tank of gas in your car. Not only will this keep you from
having to go the gas station during times of snow...it provides
more weight to your car and can improve traction in snow.

Being prepared also means having the necessary information to make
the right decisions. The National Weather Service issues Winter
Weather Advisories when 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected. When 3
or more inches of snow is forecast, Winter Storm Watches and
Warnings are issued to protect life and property. These watches
and warnings are issued as much as 48 hours in advance of the snow
to allow the community and local governments to prepare and plan
for the winter weather.

Additional winter weather preparedness resources:
NWS winter safety page:
https://www.weather.gov/wrn/winter_safety
North Carolina Department of Public Safety preparedness page:
http://readync.org
FEMA`s winter preparedness page:
https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

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