SPARTANBURG, SC– There are frigid temperatures in the Upstate and western North Carolina. Monday’s snow fall in WNC has caused icy roads and has delayed schools, Tuesday.
Avery County Schools: Due to ice developing on roads in Avery County, the schools will be operating on a two-hour delay for students on Tuesday, January 5. Faculty and staff will report on a one-hour delay.
Mitchell County Schools will have a two-hour delay.
Tri-County Christian in Spruce Pine: Schools are operating on a two-hour delay
Yancey County Schools: Due to the cold temperatures, Yancey Co. will be operating on a two-hour delay.
TUESDAY: Sunny and cold today.Highs in the mid 40s for the Upstate and low 40s for the mountains.
TONIGHT: Clear and cold overnight with another frigid night. Lows in the middle 20s for the Upstate and low 20s for the mountains.
THIS WEEK: Dry weather continues through the end of the week with rain chances returning by Friday. Milder, average temperatures return for the weekend with highs in the upper 50s.
Cold Weather Safety
Emergency officials are reminding people to use caution if exposed to the elements for extended periods of time. They’re also taking the cold weather as a chance to urge fire safety when planning to heat homes, and ask neighbors to check on those who are elderly living in your community.
Pet safety is also important as the extreme temperatures invade the area. Outdoor animals should not remain in the cold for hours at a time without a warm shelter, according to the Spartanburg Humane Society. Metal water dishes can also easily freeze. The organization also recommends to ask your veterinarian about adding protein to their diets.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division offers the following trips for winter weather:
Before a Winter Storm
- Add winter supplies like rock salt to melt ice and shovels to your disaster supply kit.
- Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off.
- Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
- Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
- Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for the winter season.
- Place a winter emergency kit in every vehicle that includes: a shovel; windshield scraper and small broom; flashlight; battery-powered radio; extra batteries; water; snack food; matches; extra hats, socks and mittens; first aid kit with pocket knife; necessary medications; blankets; tow chain or rope; road salt and sand; booster cables; emergency flares; fluorescent distress flag.
During a Winter Storm
- Stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Wear a hat that covers your ears. Wear mittens and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Watch for signs of frostbite such as the loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as finger, toes, ear lobes and the tip of your nose.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel in the day, don’t travel alone and keep others informed of your schedule. Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop the vehicle on icy roads.
- If trapped in your car during a blizzard, pull off of the highway and turn on your hazard lights. Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
After a Winter Storm
- Listen to your local radio or television station for the latest weather and traffic reports.
- Go to a designated shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
- Check on your animals and ensure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles. Bring them indoors, if possible.
- Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking.