The National Weather Service is reporting general winter yuckiness for the days ahead. This means it is very likely your beloved children will be inconveniently off of school and you will face toilet paper rationing as you will be shut-in due to alleged snow and ice.
Currently the NWS has a Winter Storm Warning in effect. Here is what the heavily indebted scientists who can’t type in upper AND lower case at the National Weather Service say:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
- HAZARDS…SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. HEAVY SNOW IS MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHWEST PIEDMONT INCLUDING THE TRIAD…WITH A COMBINATION OF SNOW AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING ICE ACCUMULATIONS ALONG AND EAST OF THE HIGHWAY 1 CORRIDOR INCLUDING THE TRIANGLE AND INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR.
- LOCATIONS…THE NORTHWEST AND NORTHERN PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA.
- TIMING…WINTRY PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA FROM THE SOUTH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING. PRECIPITATION SHOULD BEGIN AS SNOW…THEN TRANSITION TO A MIXTURE OF SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN FROM SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST DURING THE DAY WEDNESDAY. PRECIPITATION WILL END FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST DURING THE DAY THURSDAY.
- ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 5 INCHES…ALONG WITH A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH OF ICE.
- IMPACTS…SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND ICING COULD SEVERELY DISRUPT TRAVEL ACROSS THE AREA ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. POWER OUTAGES AND PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL BE POSSIBLE IN ASSOCIATION WITH POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS.
- WINDS…FROM THE NORTHEAST AROUND 10 MPH TODAY… INCREASING WEDNESDAY TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
- TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
Since the rain yesterday washed away the brine spread on the roads, it could get nasty slippery out there tomorrow if ice hits.
Be sure to fill your gas tank on your vehicle today. You can check on the current cheapest Wake Forest gas prices by clicking here.
If at all possible keep in mind the best way to handle driving in this nasty weather is to slow down, leave extra room between the cars ahead and cars behind, and gently brake early when heading to a stop.
As a bonus move for extra points, keep some kitty litter in the trunk to put down under your tires for traction in case you are stuck and a shovel is smart to carry as well. When venturing out in the next few days, dress for getting stuck in your vehicle. You never know when you might get stranded.