Be Prepared for Cold Temperatures and Winter Precipitation

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

A major winter storm is bearing down on North Carolina. Depending on where you are located, you may see a variety of winter precipitation, but everyone in North Carolina will experience very cold temperatures over the next few days. Make sure that you are prepared for whatever weather conditions you might face.

In the event of a power outage, be extremely careful with alternative heat sources. Using a grill or generator inside your home can be deadly because of the extreme danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Check on neighbors, especially the elderly. Older people have more issues with cold weather and a simple visit to an elderly neighbor can make a world of difference to them.

Don’t forget about your pets or animals. If possible, bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals to sheltered or protected areas and make sure to keep their drinking water from freezing.

As conditions start to worsen, stay off of the roadways unless travel is absolutely necessary. Travel in winter conditions can be extremely dangerous and emergency resources may be limited during the storm. If you must travel, take your phone and let others know where and when you are going. Take blankets, water, and something to eat in case you are stranded.

Stay tuned to local media or the National Weather Service for updates on weather conditions and forecasts.

Updated on Jan 13, 2017
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