Today, Gov. McCrory visited the state emergency operations center and reviewed the state emergency management team's preparations for a rain and winter weather event that is expected to impact much of the state later tonight and early tomorrow.
"Our State Emergency Response Team partners have been talking with their counterparts in the counties as this storm approaches. The state is ready, and residents should be, too. The best thing we can do is to be sure you have adequate supplies at home," said Gov. McCrory.
Weather forecasters say widespread snow will begin today with accumulations ranging from two to four inches in the Triad and Triangle to five to nine inches in the higher mountains. Heavy surf and wind gusts up to 35 mph are expected along the coast. Temperatures are expected to drop overnight, causing icy spots on roads and bridges.
Citizens are urged to contact emergency officials only for emergency situations. Please do not call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls. To check road conditions, please visit the N.C. Department of Transportation's Traveler Information Management System at www.ncdot.org or call 511.
Department of Public Safety officials offered the following safety tips in the event of a power outage:
Do not use charcoal grills or generators indoors.
Turn off electrical appliances that were on when the power went off to avoid a power surge when the electricity is restored.
Use flashlights. Do not use candles; they greatly increase the chance of having a fire in your home.
Limit your activities to no more than two rooms and close off unneeded rooms.
Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors and cover windows at night to keep warm air in and cold air out.
Remember to eat and drink regularly. Food provides the body with energy to produce its own heat.
Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.
Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Layering clothes keeps you warmer than a single layer of heavy clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.