Winter Weather Preparedness

Even though this picture shows a peaceful and serene setting, winter weather can cause hazardous and life-threatening situations. Please prepare!


Every winter, people are injured or killed during winter storms in automobile accidents, and face other indirect dangers such as fallen trees, power lines, and house fires. Improper indoor use of heat sources such as grills, stoves, and space heaters has become the number one winter danger resulting in house fires and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

Snowy field and home

Preparedness Goal

The goal of winter weather preparedness week is to re-educate North Carolinians on the hazards of winter weather and to help everyone become better prepared for these hazards before winter weather strikes.

After several quiet winters with only light snow accumulations, are we “due” for a big, snowy winter? While it is extremely difficult to predict the number of winter storms this season, weather patterns are changing to support a wetter winter than last year and perhaps near normal cold temperatures. In Central North Carolina any snow the area receives is often accompanied by ice in the form of sleet or glaze from freezing rain.

Warnings & Watches

What North Carolinians can and should do is prepare for the worst. One good practice is to keep up with the latest conditions and forecasts from the National Weather Service either via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio or on the Internet. If a light accumulation of freezing rain or sleet is forecast or if snow accumulations of one to three inches are expected in central North Carolina, the Raleigh National Weather Service will issue a Winter Weather Advisory. Watches and Warnings are issued for more severe weather.

Warnings & Conditions