Lows in the 20s and highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s across central NC in the last couple of days are good reminders that we're heading out of the Fall and into the winter season, and as we do so the State of North Carolina together with its Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service have declared Nov 28-Dec 4th as Winter Weather Preparedness Week.
The NWS has prepared a series of discussions covering winter conditions in our state, their potential impacts and how best to prepare for and cope with them, and I've included links to each of those documents, one for each day of the week. In addition, you might like to review the interactive guide to winter weather available on our web site at www.wral.com/weather/asset_gallery/2354522/, and also that of the Department of Emergency Management web page, with preparedness tips for many different potential emergencies, winter weather being just one.
In the short-term, we'll actually see a big jump in temperatures here for Tuesday (parts of our area may top 70 tomorrow!) but colder air will rush back in for the second half of the week behind a cold front that should being a few bands of shower activity our way, along with at least a slim chance for strong to severe thunderstorms. Right now, the principal period of concern for that would be from a little after midnight Wednesday morning to around 8 am. Of course, the timing and intensity of this system is still subject to some change, so be sure to check back online and on-air over the next 48 hours to check its progress and projected behavior.