More snow is possible this weekend

Published 7:31 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2022

As piles of snow from the previous weekend’s snowstorm continued to melt Tuesday, the Beaufort County Office of Emergency Services announced that the county could be in for another round of wintry weather this weekend.

The National Weather Service said it is monitoring the “potential for accumulating snowfall across much of eastern North Carolina Friday night into Saturday.

“Low pressure passing off the coast will likely bring rain to the area Friday, transitioning to snow as temps drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s Friday night and Saturday morning,” the NWS Newport/Morehead City said in an emailed update. “There is still significant uncertainty with respect to the snowfall amounts and coverage, but areas further north currently look to have the more favorable conditions for snowfall accumulation.”

A NWS graphic published Tuesday showed Beaufort County was in the region with the highest chance of accumulating snow.

The NWS planned to have another update out by Wednesday morning.

Officials are continuing to urge preparedness as storms continue to pass through the area. Their tips include:

·      Always keep at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food and a supply of medication in your home.

·      Keep cell phones and mobile devices charged in case of power outages.

·      Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.

·      Dress warmly. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.

·      Properly vent kerosene heaters and ensure generators are operated outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never burn charcoal indoors or use a gas grill indoors.

·      Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio or a weather alert app on your phone to receive emergency weather alerts.

·      Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first-aid kit, and road map.

·      Make an emergency supplies kit for your pet and include medical records, leash and feeding supplies, enough food for several days, and a pet travel carrier.

·      Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time during freezing weather.