Residents in central North Carolina are preparing for the effects of a winter storm system, expected to move through the state late Thursday through Saturday.
Due to the weather threat, Montgomery County Schools announced late Thursday that school would be closed Friday for students and staff.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Raleigh says Montgomery County is in an area expected to receive more ice than snow, but the freezing precipitation could result in dangerous driving conditions and power outages. The area is roughly bounded by U.S. Hwy. 64 to the north and U.S. Hwy. 1 to the east and also includes Stanly, Anson, Richmond and Moore Counties.
In a special weather statement released at 4:52 p.m. today, NWS says, “Most of this corridor will see a quarter to half inch of ice accumulation with potential crippling amounts of a half-inch to as much as three-quarters of an inch in some localized spots. Amounts like this typically result in widespread downed trees, power outages that may last for days, and prolonged impacts to travel conditions.”
While predictions are based on models and may not be totally accurate, forecasters say Asheboro and other towns along U.S. Hwy. 64 may get up to a half-inch of ice and three to six inches of snow and sleet. Farther north and northwest, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Lexington could see eight to 12 inches of snow and sleet.
NWS reminds residents that driving conditions will likely be treacherous, and a lack of power may mean a lack of heat for those with heat pumps, electric heat and gas heaters that depend on electricity for ignition or air circulation.
In addition to the schools closing, other weather-related postponements include the West Montgomery Lions Club’s concert featuring Little Roy Lewis and Lizzie Long, which has been rescheduled for Sat., Jan 30, at 7 p.m.