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« on: January 17, 2013, 03:09:43 PM »

OK folks, time for a winter storm thread. Will keep this pinned at the top of the board until it passes through sometime Friday

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM EST FRIDAY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM EST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...A LARGE PART OF THE PIEDMONT AND THE NORTHERN COASTAL PLAIN INCLUDING THE TRIAD...THE TRIANGLE AND ROCKY MOUNT

* HAZARD TYPES...RAIN WILL QUICKLY CHANGE OVER TO HEAVY WET SNOW THIS EVENING. THIS TRANSITION WILL OCCUR WEST-TO-EAST ACROSS THE WARNING AREA.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED

* TIMING...THE CHANGEOVER IS EXPECTED IN THE TRIAD REGION EARLY THIS EVENING...REACHING THE TRIANGLE AREA BY MID TO LATE EVENING. THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH WEST TO EAST AFTER 1 AM...ENDING IN THE EAST BY 4 AM.

* IMPACTS...SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL QUICKLY LEAD TO AN ACCUMULATION ON GRASSY SURFACES. DUE TO THE WARM PAVEMENT AND THE RAIN EXPECTED PRIOR TO CHANGEOVER...MOST ROADS WILL INITIALLY REMAIN WET BUT MAY BECOME VERY SLUSHY...ESPECIALLY WHERE THE HEAVIER SNOWFALL RATES OCCUR. TEMPERATURES NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WILL LEAD TO ROADS QUICKLY BECOMING SLICK AND HAZARDOUS....ESPECIALLY WEST OF THE TRIANGLE. TRAVEL WILL REMAIN DANGEROUS THROUGH MOST OF FRIDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST WINDS WILL GUSTS BETWEEN 25 AND 30 MPH TONIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S TO THE LOWER 50S TODAY WILL QUICKLY FALL INTO THE 30S THIS EVENING...AND TO NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING BY FRIDAY MORNING.

* VISIBILITIES...VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE IN SNOW AND FOG.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2013, 06:51:38 PM »

NICE rain so far toward edging us out of dry conditions.

No ice storm, please. A pretty little snow that goes away quickly would be nice to see.

LOL, did we have the calm before the storm or what? 70's now....Huh
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2013, 08:07:19 PM »

Thunder, lightning and sleet, a great recipe for a power outage.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2013, 10:05:04 PM »

Saw a tree down very early on. Close call.  And have had a branch fall in my drive that I had to stop and move, coming home from Bible Study.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013, 10:27:36 PM »

You folks stay safe back there in NC!

We had a few inches (3-4 maybe a little more) of snow and hard-driving winds (looked like a blizzard) this morning here in Alabama, or Abalama as oft referred.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013, 07:58:27 AM »

...Potential for patchy black ice early this morning...

Temperatures early this morning will be near or slightly below freezing. These cold temperatures will cause water left on area roadways from the rain and melted snow from thursday's storm system to freeze...creating patches of black ice. The icy patches will be most likely on bridges and overpasses. Young or inexperienced drivers should avoid driving this morning.

Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing by 9 to 10 am.
Thus...Road conditions should improve by 10 am.
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