Winter storm warning issued for tonight through Thursday

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Emergency Services Director Frank Thomason shares an update from the National Weather Service.
Rowan County is now under a winter storm warning, upgraded from the previous wither storm watch, from 6 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Thursday with a prediction of heavy snow.
The weather service warns of heavy snow possibly mixed with sleet in our area. Light snow will develop from the south today through tonight, and then intensify Wednesday into Wednesday night. Some sleet may mix in from the southeast late Wednesday. Snow should end from the west on Thursday.
The current prediction for accumulation is 6 to 8 inches of snow, with a trace of ice. Western sections of the Piedmont could see more than 8 inches.
The weather service warns that travel will become treacherous and may create power outages, especially Wednesday through Thursday morning.
Temperatures will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s with northeast winds at 5 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.
Thomason warns that people should prepare for the storm and take precautions. The weather service advises people to take their cell phones if they must travel, wear a warm coat, gloves and boots. Keep a blanket, flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in case of an emergency.