NC Special Weather Alert Issued by NWS


This Special Weather Statement has been produced by the NWS:

Alert for a Special Weather Statement:



Through today, the region will be covered by an extremely chilly arctic airmass.

Over the mountains, morning temperatures in the single digits are predicted, with teens for the most of the region.

Even while the temperature will gradually rise through tonight, it will still be 10 to 15 degrees below average. On Monday, when high temperatures are predicted to return to nearly normal, the cold wave will break.

The region will have a high demand for electricity due to the cold weather. The high electrical load may cause power disruptions. People who depend on electricity for medical equipment or heating ought to think about backup power supplies or heat sources.

Take action right once to save your health and belongings from the bitter cold. When venturing outside, dress in multiple layers of loose

Rather to wearing one layer of bulky clothing, opt for well-fitting, lightweight, and warm apparel. Gloves are not as warm as Mittens. Put on a cap and wrap a scarf around your mouth.

To prevent ice buildup in the gasoline tank and fuel lines, keep your gas tank almost full when driving. Verify the amounts of windshield washer and antifreeze in your vehicle. Carry a fully charged phone at all times.

Consider letting indoor plumbing fixtures drip if you’re home so that water can trickle through pipes and prevent freezing.

When using space heaters, exercise caution to prevent injury or fire. If emergency generators are going to be utilized, they need to be placed outside in places with good ventilation in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Don’t forget to visit aging neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances who might be vulnerable to the cold. Remember to take care of your animals and pets. Ensure that they have access to comfortable cover from the cold and wind, as well as a non-freezing water supply.

It is not advisable to try walking on frozen lakes, streams, or ponds since the ice is too thin to sustain a child’s weight.

A cold wave is described as average daily temperatures for 48 hours or more that are 12 degrees or less below the typical mid-January average daily temperatures.

Asheville’s average daily temperature is 37, Charlotte’s is 41, and GSP’s is 42 in mid-January. As a result, a cold wave is defined as an Asheville average of 25, Charlotte’s of 29, and GSP of 30 on a daily average.

Counties/Locations affected:

  • Alexander
  • Avery
  • Buncombe
  • Burke Mountains
  • Cabarrus
  • Caldwell Mountains
  • Catawba
  • Cleveland
  • Davie
  • Eastern McDowell
  • Eastern Polk
  • Gaston
  • Graham
  • Greater Burke
  • Greater Caldwell
  • Greater Rutherford
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Iredell
  • Lincoln
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • McDowell Mountains
  • Mecklenburg
  • Mitchell
  • Northern Jackson
  • Polk Mountains
  • Rowan
  • Rutherford Mountains
  • Southern Jackson
  • Swain
  • Transylvania
  • Union
  • Yancey”


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