National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Final Snowfall Totals Across the Region


NOUS42 KGSP 182050

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
350 PM EST Mon Feb 18 2019


A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to develop across parts
of western North Carolina Tuesday night, and then linger through
much of Wednesday. Significant accumulations of ice from freezing
rain will be possible. Now is the time to prepare for the storm
and to review winter storm safety tips.

Heavy accumulations of ice on trees and power lines, typically
one-quarter inch or more, often cause electrical outages. Outages
produced by ice storms could last for several hours, and in some
locations for a day or more. Take steps to prepare for prolonged
power outages. Locate flashlights, lanterns, and portable radios
so that they are accessible if and when the power goes out. Check
that they have fresh batteries. Be very cautious about using
candles as a light source. Candles can easily tip over and start a
fire. Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are
in good working order and that they have a battery backup in case
the power goes out. A battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio is an
especially good tool for keeping abreast of the latest winter
weather developments.

Never operate a generator indoors, inside a garage, or near the
air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide
poisoning. Also, never use a charcoal grill or a portable gas camp
stove indoors. Prepare for the possibility that your home could
be without central heating for hours or even more than a day. You
may want to consider obtaining, or stocking fuel for, an
alternative heat source such as a wood or gas fireplace or stove,
or a kerosene heater. Maintain ventilation when using a kerosene
heater to avoid a build-up of toxic fumes. Always refuel heaters
outside and keep all heaters at least three feet away from
flammable objects.

Store drinking water if your water supply is pumped from a well.
Stock up on canned food or other foods that do not need to be
cooked. Make sure you have a non-electric can opener at your
disposal. Ensure that you have adequate baby food, prescriptions,
and any other necessary household items before the storm strikes.

During ice storms, trees and large branches can fall on your home
and possibly cause damage or injuries. Avoid parts of your home
that could be hit by falling trees or limbs and do not stand under
trees if you venture outside.

Remember to check on family, friends, and neighbors. The elderly
and chronically ill are most at risk during power outages. It may
be necessary to evacuate such ones to medical facilities,
shelters, or other lodging where electricity and heat are