National Weather Service: Get ready for winter weather

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — It may not be snowing in the East just yet, but the National Weather Service wants to make sure you’re prepared for winter weather.

“It’s important to prepare for winter because you only have a couple day’s notice if something develops,” said Shane Kearns, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morehead City. “It’s important to prepare in the beginning of the season so that you’re ready for any kind of storm or disaster.”

The National Weather Service has declared this week Winter Weather Preparedness Week. They hope to spur people to prepare before the worst of the season hits.

“Instead of waiting those two or three days before, go ahead and be prepared and stockpile,” said Brock Jester, an assistant store manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement. “That way, when the time does come, you’re not rushing to find places that don’t have that.”

In eastern North Carolina, it all comes down to supply versus demand. It’s not totally unheard of for the area to go an entire winter without any snow or ice. Because of that, supplies of winter essentials like rock salt and snow shovels tend to be very limited. So if you wait until the last minute to try and stock up, you may be out of luck.

“We usually don’t have a lot of snow shovels, but when we do get them in they go very fast,” said Jester.

But it’s not just snow and ice that you have to worry about this time of year.

“The main impact is going to be some extreme temperatures during the winter months, especially really cold mornings,” said Kearns.

Jester agreed.

“Having that extra roll of insulation or having those faucet covers on there, really supporting those outside faucets and those pipes underneath the house are going be a big deal,” said Jester.

The National Weather Service also recommends putting together an emergency supply kit for both your home and your car.

Be sure to include essentials like blankets, a flashlight and enough food and water to last you and your family at least three days.

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