EOC (Lenoir NC)
Winds 0-3 MPH out of the NW
30.15 and Falling ( Front Coming in)
Forecast is showing Snow.
Official NOAA (Below)
Snow likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
A chance of snow and freezing rain before 7pm, then a chance of freezing rain between 7pm and 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Light and variable wind.
Rain and sleet likely before 1am, then snow and sleet between 1am and 2am, then snow after 2am. Low around 29. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Snow before 11am, then snow and sleet between 11am and noon, then sleet after noon. High near 29. East northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Freezing rain likely before 9pm, then snow and sleet likely between 9pm and 10pm, then snow likely after 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
555 AM EST WED JAN 20 2016
ALEXANDER-IREDELL-DAVIE-CATAWBA-ROWAN-GREATER CALDWELL-GREATER BURKE-
555 AM EST WED JAN 20 2016
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PIEDMONT NORTH CAROLINA AND
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA.
.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT.
LIGHT PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE FOOTHILLS AND
NORTHWEST PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA THIS MORNING AND
AFTERNOON…MAINLY AS LIGHT SNOW. THE SNOW MAY TRANSITION BRIEFLY
TO A PERIOD OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN LATE IN THE DAY OR THIS EVENING
BEFORE ENDING BEFORE MIDNIGHT. LESS THAN ONE INCH ACCUMULATION IS
EXPECTED BEFORE THE SNOW TAPERS OFF. PATCHES OF BLACK ICE SHOULD
BE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.
..THURSDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
..FRIDAY…WINTRY MIX LIKELY. A LARGE AND STRONG LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW…SLEET…AND
FREEZING RAIN TO NORTH CAROLINA FOOTHILLS ON FRIDAY.
PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST TO TRANSITION TO FREEZING RAIN DURING
THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DAMAGING FREEZING RAIN ACCUMULATIONS
MOST LIKELY NORTH OF INTERSTATE 40.
..SATURDAY…SNOW POSSIBLE. A MID LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL TRACK
ACROSS THE REGION FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. ACCUMULATING
SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP DURING THE MORNING HOURS AND
CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY. IN ADDITION…COLD TEMPERATURES WILL
RESULT IN SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS ON UNTREATED ROADS AND BRIDGES.
..SUNDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
..MONDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
..TUESDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS
TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
This video is a good review if you are curious about what role our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) may play in a community emergency, and how our CERT training in safety, search and rescue, triage, first aid, documentation, and Incident Command System would help during a disaster.
The NC CERT Fall Conference was held Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Lenoir. The agenda included Tony Sturey, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, who spoke about the 2015-2016 winter weather outlook for North Carolina.
His conclusions were:
Tony illustrated the different conditions resulting in rain, snow, sleet, and rain, the dangers of black and white ice and the conditions under which they form.
Margie Mansure, Watauga County Extension Agent for Nutrition and Foods, described preparations and measures to take in the event of a power outage to provide safe food for your family and alternative methods of cooking. It is common to lose power during winter storms in North Carolina resulting from broken tree limbs, ice, and wind. In addition to losing power to refrigerators and freezers, those with well water can lose power to run their pump. Her handout covers her discussion points well.
Margie emphasized the importance of preparing ahead of time for these type of emergencies. She explained that perishable food can spoil at temperatures above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more. If you are unsure if food is safe during a power outage or afterwards, discard it.
Freezers and refrigerators will remain cold much longer if the doors are not opened. Freezers are more efficient when kept full. Freezing containers of water and storing them in the freezer will help the freezer operate more efficiently and keep your food cold longer in an emergency. It can also provide you emergency water.
Samantha Royster, NC CERT Program Manager, and her husband, Jay, were there from Raleigh to host the event. She reported on the activities of NC CERT and led a discussion of the group about future programs.
Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, welcomed the attendees and provided the meeting location and refreshments.
There were representatives from several communities including Caldwell County, Matthews, Charlotte, Gastonia, and Hickory.
Hey parents and caregivers! Disasters can strike even when your child is away at school, so it is important to have plans in place so you can connect during an emergency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preparing your child for emergencies that may happen during the school day is as easy as A-B-C.
The CDC lists three steps you should take to protect your child:
A: Ask how you will be reunited with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
B: Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies your child will need if you are separated overnight; and
C: Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your child’s backpack and your wallet.
Reprinted from FEMA e-brief, September 10, 2015.
Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, will host a Search and Rescue (SAR) class including map reading, tracking, water purification, building a shelter and backpack, and how to use the equipment. All CERT members are encouraged to attend to brush up on our wilderness survival skills, have a good time with fellow CERT members, and learn life-saving skills. A cook-out will follow the class.
When: Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
To Register: Contact me at email@example.com to register and receive the class location which will be in eastern Caldwell County.
Our businesses and emergency responders are well prepared to prevent and respond to hazardous material spills. But as a new member of the Caldwell County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), I found this article prepared by the United States First Responders Association very informative for what the rest of our community can do to mitigate the impact and danger.
This gives you a lists of things you can do before, during, and after a hazardous material event to keep you and your family safe.
Get informed and stay safe, and thank your First Responders for all they do to help our community!