Outlook for this winter:
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are predicting a warmer and drier winter than usual across much of North Carolina.
It is important to keep in mind that regardless of this outlook, there is always some chance for extreme winter weather.
Everyone should use this week to prepare for the upcoming winter months and the possibility of winter storms.
Winter Storm Watches and Warnings are issued by the NWS for potentially life-threatening conditions.
Winter Storm Warnings are issued when at least 3 inches of snow or ice accumulations of 1/4 inch or more are likely within 24 hours.
A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when 1 to 3 inches of snow or ice accumulations of less than 1/4 inch are likely within 24 hours.
A Blizzard Warning is issued when strong winds combine with falling and/or blowing snow to reduce visibility to one quarter mile or less for at least 3 hours.
Wind Chill Warning is issued when wind chill temperatures are forecast to reach 15 degrees below zero or colder.
Winter storms are deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Examples are traffic accidents due to icy roads, heart attacks while shoveling snow, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning. The National Weather Service issues advisories, watches, and warnings to help you prepare for upcoming winter weather and take appropriate action to protect yourself and your property.