The chance of snow is back in the forecast this week.  I must admit that I am a true kid at heart when it comes to snow, I’ve learned that I need to see the white stuff falling and then sticking to the ground before getting too excited.  Especially in North Carolina where the chance of wintery mix always seems higher than seeing a blanket of snow.

Forecasters are still uncertain of where the weather systems will collide, so central North Carolina including Lillington, Raleigh, Smithfield and Clinton could see snow, freezing rain, or nothing at all.  As with every winter storm that approaches, it is always a good idea to be prepared.  The Red Cross suggests having the following on hand in case of a power outage:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • 1st aid kit
  • Charged cell phone
  • Full tank of gas in the car

I also ran across a few other tips* of things to do to keep warm during a winter power outage:

  • Move the family to one room in the house.  Body heat will help warm the room and if possible try to select a room that gets natural sunlight.
  • Stuff towels around door frames or window sills if you suspect or feel cold air coming in
  • Place rugs or mats on the floor to help keep cold air from coming up through the floor
  • Put on a hat inside to keep heat from escaping through your head
  • Eat before going to sleep.  Your body will digest the food as you sleep keeping you warmer


Stay tuned to your local weather to see what will happen in your area.  If the weather turns too bad, remember to stay inside unless you absolutely have to go somewhere.  And if your kids are home, I hope they are able to make a snowman and go sledding!