A winter storm is bringing extremely cold weather including possible ice, snow and high winds to many areas.
As cooler air makes its way in, the precipitation will transition from rain to a sleet/snow mix after 7 p.m. on Friday. This wintry mix will last until midnight Saturday and the main precipitation after this point will be snow.
Snow will last until Saturday around noon. Expect 4-6" of snow in the Piedmont and surrounding areas. The mountains could see 2-4" of snow with this system.
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To help deal with these conditions, the members of the Hickory Fire Department offer the following advice:
- If your power goes out, use a flashlight instead of candles. More people have died after winter storms from residential fires caused by candles than from the direct effects of the storm itself.
- Use portable space heating equipment very carefully. Heaters should be placed at least three feet away from any combustible material, including drapes, carpeting, and furniture. Do not drape gloves, socks, or other clothing over a space heater to dry.
- Remember to always turn off space heaters before leaving home or going to bed and for safety, children and pets should be kept away from heating equipment.
- Fuel-filled equipment such as kerosene heaters should be filled outdoors and only when they are completely cool.
- Do not use gas grills, generators, or other open flames inside your home. These items create carbon monoxide, which can cause death. Also make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
- Have essential supplies, including flashlights, a radio, first aid kit, protective clothing and winter wear, canned foods, and at least three gallons of water (preferably more). Also listen to Weather Radio, The Weather Channel, and local television broadcasts for the latest information about storm conditions.
- Plan to stay at home during bad weather, but if you must drive and become stuck, stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.
Watch Good Day Charlotte starting at 5 a.m. Saturday for the latest before heading out the door.
When the storm arrives, send in your snow pictures using #FOX46snowpics on Twitter, emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting them to the FOX46Charlotte Facebook page.