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Friday’s Message – Winter Weather Prep Week

In cooperation with NC Crime Control & Public Safety and the National Weather Service, the Governor has declared November 28th – December 4th as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina.

The NWS issues a message every day during Winter Weather Prep Week to help you prepare for the coming Winter season. Friday’s message includes: The Winter Wonderland of Snow.

Winter Outlook in Central NC…

Overall predictions call for better chances than normal for temperatures to be above normal and precipitation below normal. This should result in a less active winter when compared to last year in which snow and overall precipitation was well above normal.

The main climate signal is La Nina in the Pacific Ocean which typically weakens the jet stream in winter and shifts it slightly north. This usually means a reduction in winter storms and precipitation. That said this prediction does not mean there will be no winter storm activity in NC this winter. It is worth noting the record snowfall which buried Central NC under 2 feet of snow on January 25,2000 occurred during a La Nina cycle.

Jeff Orrock, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS – Raleigh

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