By Niki Morock, Meteorologist
Snow is in the forecast, and much of North Carolina is under a Winter Storm Warning from this evening through tomorrow evening. Of course, that means everyone is asking meteorologists how much snow we are going to get. Hardware stores are running out of shovels and ice melt, and there is a run on bread, milk, and sleds across the area. Depending on your feelings about winter weather, you're either filled with excitement or dread about the possibility of 4-9 inches of the white stuff.
The attention to the precipitation is important, but there is an element of the story that I worry some people are missing: It is about to get bitterly cold by our standards.
If you are planning on being outside this weekend because you're working or you love the snow or maybe you just have to supervise your children while they are playing in it, keep in mind that our temperatures are not likely to rise above freezing until Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Add breezy conditions to the cold, and you have some biting wind chills to contend with.
On Saturday, our high will be in the upper 20s with winds at 5-15 miles per hour, gusting to 25 miles per hour at times, creating a wind chill in the lower teens. Sunday won't be much better with a high near 30 degrees and a breeze in the early part of the day at 5-10 miles per hour, resulting in a possible wind chill in the upper teens.
Many relocated northerners might be used to this, but in these parts, we don't see over night lows in the single digits and daytime wind chills in the teens very often. It is a different kind of cold that requires layers of warmth and limited time outside.
However you plan to spend this weekend, stay safe and warm, and don't forget to check on any neighbors that might need assistance due to age or illness.