Hello members, good to talk to you once again. I do have some concerns for some light icing in the western Carolinas into Philly. DC and Baltimore could also get hit with ice, maybe even more than down here in the South.
However, we should not let our guard down tonight into early Monday morning. I would expect ice since it does NOT take much to make the entire region a skating rink. Here is the latest NAM for accumulated freezing rain:
Here is a Special Weather Statement for western NC:
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Monday through Saturday.
..Monday…Winter weather possible. Precipitation that develops
during the pre-dawn hours will likely start as a wintry mix of sleet
and/or freezing rain before transitioning to all rain by midday
Monday. Ice accumulations will be light, though hazardous road
conditions may develop across the region early Monday morning.
Timing is after 1am Monday into 2pm Tuesday. If this event does not change over to rain, there could be many problems from NC into the Northeast.
Another issue with ice is power outages. Have a backup source for electricity if you have medical equipment that needs power. Also have a backup heat source but be careful with space heaters as they can start fires. Don’t use candles for a light source but rather flashlights. If you have a cpap machine (for those with sleep apnea), a battery backup would not hurt (but it’s expensive).
Currently, winter weather advisories extend from the Plains into the Ohio Valley. My suspicion is that these advisories, and even warnings, will push eastward today and into tonight. And they just did as of 4 pm ET! Philly and DC now in trouble.
Stay safe and warm out there, and expect ice within the next 24-48 hours. Not so much if you live along the coast.