Your Hometown Christian Radio Station. WWWC Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
The frozen precipitation likely will begin after sunrise and turn to rain in the afternoon, when temperatures rise as high as the mid-30s to the low 40s, said both Clenard and Jonathan Blaes, a weather-service meteorologist in Raleigh. Less than 1 inch of accumulation is expected, but freezing rain and sleet may accumulate on bridges and overpasses. The freezing rain and sleet could also topple limbs and trees onto power lines, knocking out electricity to homes and businesses.
Most school systems in the region, including Wilkes County Schools and Wilkes Community college will remain closed for a second day. City and state road crews told the Winston-Salem Journal yesterday that they have made good progress clearing snow from roads and highways. However, streets in city neighborhoods and rural areas remained covered with snow and ice.
DOT crews will monitor the weather and will put down more salt this morning, if necessary, said Charles Reinhardt, a DOT-division-maintenance engineer in North Wilkesboro.
The governor also said as many as two thirds of the school districts across the state made the decision to cancel classes today, including Wilkes County Schools and Wilkes Community College. District, Superior and Small Claims courts in Wilkes are also closed today, and the county Library will not open until 11am.
Much of the northern half of the state received 8 or more inches of snow and sleet.
Authorities said that state highway patrol troopers responded to nearly 1,800 calls of vehicle crashes. About 1,000 of them were collisions. The patrol said there were no storm-related fatalities, and that 1,800 troopers remain on alert to help stranded motorists. One death in Surry County is being blamed on the storm. A Dobson-area man was the victim of an apparent cardiac arrest Saturday morning, which is being linked to the weather.
.LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE EAST ALONG THE GULF COAST REGION TONIGHT...AND THEN OFF THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST SATURDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO NORTH CAROLINA.
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY.
* LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY THROUGH THE EVENING. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TAPERING OFF BY LATE SATURDAY.
* SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH SNOW TOTALS RANGING FROM 10 TO 15 INCHES...WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS FROM WHITETOP AND MOUNT ROGERS...SOUTHWARD INTO THE NORTHERN NORTH
* THERE WILL BE A SHARP GRADIENT IN SNOW AMOUNTS FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. ANY CHANGES IN THE TRACK AND SPEED OF THE STORM WILL INFLUENCE THE TIMING AND THE AMOUNT OF SNOWFALL.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW 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.
Line technicians are topping off fuel supplies, checking safety equipment, chains for trucks and items like chain saws that are sometimes needed to remove trees and limbs from power lines or to provide road access to reach outage locations.
Engineers, work management staff and other employees are monitoring weather conditions as well as power load to ensure safe and rapid response. Member service representatives are also ready to take phone calls and process reports of outages if needed. All employees are on high alert and ready to respond should outages occur.
If members experience an outage they should call the cooperative’s Powerline at 1-800-448-2383.