What to know ahead of winter weather Friday morning

What to know ahead of winter weather Friday morning
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PINE BELT (WDAM) - On Thursday night, as we continue to cool back into the 30s, rain will continue overnight and eventually it will transition to snow by Friday morning. A

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect through Friday at noon. The National Weather Service issues a Winter Storm Warning when accumulations of two inches of snow is forecast by the National Weather Service.

Right now, the forecast from the First Alert Weather Team is for between 0.5" and 1.5" of snow for the area with some localized spots perhaps receiving as much as 2.5". Through the day Friday, temperatures will struggle to reach 40 degrees, so if anything does fall, and stick, it will hang around for a few hours..


Through 12am: Light rain showers with sleet pellets mixed in with a few snowflakes. Temperatures around 40.

Between 12am and 4am: Sleet showers mixed with rain and snow. Temperatures in the mid 30s.

Between 4am and 10am: Light snow showers mixed with sleet. Temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

If you must travel, pack accordingly. Bring a blanket, extra water and food and extra layers of clothing, too - just in case you get stranded. Check on folks that don't have easy access to a good heat source. Double check your pipes to make sure they are adequately insulated.

Friday night and into Saturday morning, the forecast does call for a period where wet roads may freeze, so if you can avoid traveling between Friday night at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., it is definitely recommended.

MEMA has provided guidelines to preparing for this cold weather.

  • Dress for the weather:
    • Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight and warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. 
    • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs
  • Prepare your home:
    • Have extra firewood, heating fuel, other sources of heat available 
    • Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks, cut away tree branches that may fall if they freeze.
    • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic. 
    • Allow faucets to drip slightly to avoid freezing when temperatures reach below 32 degrees.
    • Keep fire extinguishers at hand and make sure everyone knows how to use them.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves in case of a pipe bursting.
  • Prepare your car:
    • Check antifreeze levels
    • Check battery and ignition system to make sure battery terminals are clean
    • Check brake fluid 

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