Snow, more cold weather expected

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 02:10 PM

Cold temperatures and snow were predicted for the local area late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

According to Andy Mussoline, a meteorologist with Accuweather.com, around two to four inches of snow was expected for Monroe and the surrounding areas.

It was expected that snow would begin falling around noon or 1 p.m. and continue on throughout the rest of the day, Mussoline said.

“Most of the snow should be over by about 10 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) evening,” he said Monday.

No snow is expected to fall Wednesday, though cold temperatures are expected to continue on. Tuesday’s high temperature was expected to be 32 degrees with a low of 18 degrees. Thirty-two degrees is also the high expected for Wednesday, Mussoline said.

“We’re going to keep the cold around into Thursday. Wednesday night we get down to a low of 9 (degrees) and there’s sunshine by Thursday with a high of 34 (degrees),” he said.

After that, one more cold night is predicted Thursday, which is expected to get down to 9 degrees. The weather is then expected to warm up during the weekend, he said.

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) crews in Division 10, which covers Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Anson and Stanly counties began applying salt brine to bare pavements, bridges and overpasses Monday, according to a NCDOT statement.

Some tips NCDOT offered for driving in winter weather were to:

• Clear windows and mirrors.

• Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between yourself and other vehicles.

• Remember bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first and approach them with caution. Do not apply your breaks while on the bridge.

• If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes, as that will cause further loss of control of the car.

• Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection where traffic lights are out. Treat this scenario as a four-way stop.

• If you have a cellphone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call the county emergency center by dialing 911.